The Potential Principle: A Proven System for Closing the Gap Between How Good You Are and How Good You Could Be - eBookMark SanbornHarperCollins Leadership / 2017 / ePub$3.99 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 2 Reviews
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MichaelIndian Trail, NCAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5The Potential PrincipleAugust 24, 2017MichaelIndian Trail, NCAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4"The Potential Principle" by Mark Sanborn is a great title for anyone interested in improving their potential in a particular life area (home, work, church, community, relationships, etc.). The title focuses on two main concepts: The Potential Matrix (areas of improvement: thinking, performing, learning, reflecting) and Breakthrough Improvement (steps needed to take: disrupting yourself, focus, engage others, expand your capacity). Around 150 pages, some of the topics addressed include:
1. 3 secrets for improving and 4 ways to boost your performance.
2. 4 benefits of continual learning and 5 ways to apply what you have learned.
3. 4 benefits of great and intentional thinking.
4. 7 ways to think better.
5. 4 benefits of better understanding yourself.
6. 5 reasons why introspection is rare and 4 ways to make introspection better.
7. 4 reasons why we should disrupt ourselves and 4 ways to disrupt ourselves.
8. 4 ways to focus.
9. 4 reasons to engage others and suggestions for better engaging other people.
10. 7 reasons why we should increase our capacity.
The title smoothly transitions from chapter to chapter and is very readable and engaging (well-written). While Sanborn gave some excellent practical suggestions, I would have liked to have seen even more. Will be an excellent future reference.
I was given a review copy by BookLook Bloggers in exchange for a fair review.
wheelsmsChicopee, MAAge: 55-65Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Making your Best even BetterAugust 23, 2017wheelsmsChicopee, MAAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Most of us would agree that we have not achieved our full potential. We would also agree that we arent sure how to find the path that will lead us to greater fulfillment. Consequently, we settle for good enough and go through life on cruise control.
Mark Sanborns conviction is that no matter what youve done so far, you can still become better. He believes that constant improvement is not only possible, it is a necessity. His latest book, The Potential Principle: A Proven System for Closing the Gap Between How Good You Are and How Good You Could Be, lays out a paradigm for growth.
Sanborns path to improvement, or the potential matrix, involves escalating performance, leveraged learning, deeper thinking, and insightful introspection. He spends one chapter on each concept to flesh out what he means. The means to improvement requires the reader to disrupt yourself, (re)focus, engage others, and increase ones capacity. Again, he spends one chapter on each concept to explain what and how to do it.
As the author explains in the opening chapter, one of the keys to growth and improvement is the willingness to experience failure and discomfort.
One of the keys to continual improvement is the willingness to risk disappointment, to see disappointment not as a bad thing to be avoided but as proof positive we are aiming higher and striving to get better. I will go so far as to say that highly successful people are more often disappointed than are other people. They just dont let disappointment bother them.
The author combines personal illustrations, biblical principles, interviews with business leaders in explaining his concepts. While the book is interesting, it would be most effective if read in conjunction with a coach, accountability partner, or small group who could encourage you in putting it into practice.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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