This week I’m honored to be the last stop on the tour for the amazing book Change the Way You See Yourself Through Asset Based Thinking. I read the first book based on the strong recommendation of Johann Stossel, and I was NOT disappointed. When this book came out, I had hoped I’d be fortunate enough to get a review copy. In addition to a review copy, I got to connect with the authors. This book is now one of the top books I’ll be offering folks who ask me for a book to help them get out of their "stinkin’ thinkin’" and into the Make It Great! zone!
A little background on Hank and Kathy:
Kathryn D. (Kathy) Cramer, Ph.D. is the Founder and Managing Partner of The Cramer Institute in St. Louis, specializing in organization change consulting, leadership and team development, and executive coaching. She and her colleagues at The Cramer Institute have pioneered the development of Asset-Based Thinking approaches to coaching, consulting, and training processes for more than twenty years.
Hank Wasiak is a communications industry leader who has worked with the corporate elite of global business throughout his 40 year career. He is co-founder of The Concept Farm, one of today’s hottest creative development companies. Hank is an Emmy award winning producer and TV host, author, entrepreneur, and teacher.
Without further ado, what follows is my interview with Kathy and Hank. I plan to interview them for the Make It Great Radio Show soon, we just couldn’t make our schedules match this week to get it ready in time for you today.
What follows is my interview with the authors, Kathy Cramer and Hank Wasiak. The book was well done, and the authors are just as engaging as the book.
Phil: For those who are unfamiliar with the term, please share an overview of Asset Based Thinking.
Kathy and Hank: Asset Based Thinking makes it possible for people to focus their attention on opportunities rather than problems, strengths more than weaknesses, what can be done instead of what can’t. This focus on the positive side of life’s ledger build enthusiasm, energy and confidence, strengths relationships, and moves productivity and creativity to the next level.
Phil: Why is Asset Based Thinking so powerful and so helpful when there are so many other theories out there?
Kathy and Hank: Asset Based Thinking is a fundamental mindset management tool that makes the other positive psychology theories more accessible. With ABT principles and practices you accelerate the effectiveness of other compatible methodologies.
Phil: This seems like such a great way of thinking and of LIVING! Tell us…How many ABT experts are there? How can I get certified in ABT?
Kathy and Hank: Currently our ABT partners apply this methodology to coaching, consulting and training. Please see a list of our 25 project partners on our website http://www.assetbasedthinking.com. Please contact us via our website to discuss the certification methods available.
Phil: Your first book was awesome and full of pictures and life. How does this book compare?
Kathy and Hank: Many readers believe our second book is even more beautiful than the first. The design supports the spirit of adventure and discovery that makes Change the Way You See Yourself a special experience in creating the future you most desire. The images in each of the major sections expand as the readers sense of power grows, explodes with circles of influence, and pinpoints impacts large and small. Take a look at how the design supports the ABT messages.
Phil: What’s next for this dynamic duo?
Kathy and Hank: Asset Based Thinking Teen edition. We are very excited about supporting the world of education. Our teen edition includes teacher guides and workshops for teachers and administrators. We are planning to host a website for teens only so that the positive conspiracy can sweep through that generation.
Phil: Besides for your books, what are 2 books or websites (from each of you) that you’d encourage us to explore?
Kathy and Hank: "The Science of Happiness" by Stefan Klein and Stephen Lehmann, "The Back of A Napkin" by Dan Roam, and "The How of Happiness" by Sonja Lyubomirsky
Phil: I just did an audio interview with Dan Roam last week. I’ll definitely have to check out the other 2 books you mentioned. Thank you!
Phil: Where can we learn more?
Kathy and Hank: Please visit us at http://www.assetbasedthinking.com, for workshops and speaking schedule contact or call The Cramer Institute at 314-725-0500
Phil: Anything else we should know?
Kathy and Hank: We would love to have you and your community of followers join the positive conspiracy to help ABT tip.
Another fun interview for another great book! I hope you enjoyed learning about How to Change Yourself Through Asset Based Thinking straight from Kathy and Hank as much as I did. If you’d like to learn more, check out the other stops on the tour (click on the blogger’s name to go to the interview, to their blog title for their blog homepage):
Last but last not, you’re welcome to read or listen to more of the Make It Great! interviews.
Ph.D., Fortune Magazine Contributor
Ph.D., Fortune Magazine Contributor
Dr. Tammy Lenski
Dr. Tammy Lenski