Illuminate: Harnessing the Positive Power of Negative Thinking

Overview

These days, all you hear about is the power of positivethinking. The buzzword of the day is PMA, or "Positive MentalAttitude." But the problem with focusing on the positive is that itoften leads us to ignore the negative—and that just makestough problems more difficult to solve. Real success in business orin life requires us to acknowledge the negative if we want to turnit into a positive.

Illuminate shines a light on the negative results of all thispositive thinking. It's a ...

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Overview

These days, all you hear about is the power of positivethinking. The buzzword of the day is PMA, or "Positive MentalAttitude." But the problem with focusing on the positive is that itoften leads us to ignore the negative—and that just makestough problems more difficult to solve. Real success in business orin life requires us to acknowledge the negative if we want to turnit into a positive.

Illuminate shines a light on the negative results of all thispositive thinking. It's a story about solving problems by choosingnot to ignore them. It's about accentuating the positive whiletackling the negative. It's about fostering a healthy, functionalbusiness environment and creating a culture that allows for openexpression and the sharing of ideas—especially when thoseideas are negative in nature.

In this enlightening business fable, you'll meet Jon, a mostlysuccessful businessman whose mantra is the power of positivethinking. Though he has worked hard to build a positive workenvironment, Jon learns the hard way that—though positivethinking is great—it's the right kind of negative thinkingthat gets seriously positive results.

Jon's story offers a methodology and a philosophy for dealingwith negative situations and conditions in a strictly positivemanner. It presents an effective three-step process forconfronting, examining, and fixing any problem your business faces.The result is an organization able to look at itself honestly andstay alert to possible threats and negative situations. Only byilluminating problems can we solve them. This book presents astructured methodology for proactively tackling thorny problemswith critical, analytical thinking. So stop sticking your head inthe sand. Illuminate your problems and you'll discover new,creative solutions, avoid unwanted surprises, and achieve positive,sustained success.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470455876
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/24/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 981,831
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

David M. Corbin has spent more than thirty years as a successful businessman, entrepreneur, consultant, and award-winning inventor. He has consulted with CEOs, politicians, and bestselling authors, providing keynotes and training programs for enhanced productivity and profitability. He is also the Executive Producer, Co-director, and star of the 2007 film Pass It On and is featured in the 2009 film Think and Grow Rich: Three Feet from Gold. For more information, visit www.davidcorbin.com.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Preface.

Section One: Face It.

Chapter One: Trouble.

Chapter Two: Taking Off.

Chapter Three: First Impressions.

Chapter Four: Embracing the Message.

Section Two: Follow It.

Chapter Five: Seeing the Light.

Chapter Six: Spreading the Word.

Chapter Seven: Darkness.

Chapter Eight: Step by Step.

Chapter Nine: Communicating.

Section Three: Fix It.

Chapter Ten: Reconnecting.

Chapter Eleven: Progress.

Chapter Twelve: On a Personal Note.

Chapter Thirteen: Positive Effects.

Chapter Fourteen: Hope.

Chapter Fifteen: Sweet Successes.

Chapter Sixteen: Finding Answers.

Chapter Seventeen: Surprise.

Epilogue.

Acknowledgments.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2011

    Become Illuminated

    David Corbin brings out the power of 'negative thinking' by helping the reader realize the true power is the positive which can only be found by exploring the depths of the 'negative'

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

    phenomenal concept in a very enjoyable and quick read

    this is a book that i was waiting for. it's a self help and business book in one. the major point is that we need to not only accentuate the positive but also to look at the negative situations that we are confronted with. it's a system, as i see it, to help create the habit of allowing the critical confrontation of negative issues rather than shying away from them.
    it was recommended to me by a lot of my friends and colleagues and they were right. this book should be read and given as gifts to people you love.

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  • Posted September 10, 2009

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    Illuminate what a concept

    Having been in the retail world for 45 years and seen trends come and go it is reassuring to see that the simple concepts of operating a business or organization still having the most lasting effects. We love to see and hear about our "successes", but if we are successful we HAVE to hear & recognize our failures so we can fix them-- otherwise we are doomed. In this parable David has put the 21st century spin on the simplest truths every business, organization must have--the ability to be effective and the flexiblity to make changes to continue to be effective. To look with open eyes and open mind and courages enough to make changes when it is necessary. Not always the easiest or trendy thing to do, but the right thing.

    Like the ocean it is always there, but ever changing.

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  • Posted September 3, 2009

    Illuminate is what is needed for the reality of business

    Aa a business consultant and CEO I'm very happy that David finally wrote the book Illuminate. There are always negative issues in business. Unfotunately, most of the time they get swept aside because management doesn't know how to effectively deal with them. Thankfully, Illuminate now provides a simple yet effective program that companies can use to deal with negative issues. If you want your company to be aspire to greatness you must "Illuminate" the negatives in your business. I especially enjoy David's witty and pragmatic writing style. I highly recommend Illuminate.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2009

    Fascinating!

    I think that this concept of "whistle blowing" has been struggled with. This book creates some amazing insight. It's a very interesting read. Highly recommend it!

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