Lead Positive

What Highly Effective Leaders See, Say, and Do

Kathy Cramer, Ph.D.

Jossey-Bass, February 2014

Lead Positive takes the fundamentals of Asset-Based Thinking (ABT) and turns them into a playbook for successful leadership. ABT is a simple mindset management process that shows people how to make small shifts in perception and thinking to achieve great results. Cramer shows leaders how to apply ABT to shift their attention away from what is negative and learn to intentionally shine the spotlight on the positive, beneficial facts of a situation. As they make this mental shift from negative to positive aspects, they improve their optimism, empathy, and confidence. When their mindset zooms in on what is strong, valuable, and possible, what they say and do is far more likely to inspire others to action. In short, ABT helps leaders shift internally so they can excel externally. Lead Positive weaves neuroscience and positive psychology to create effective leadership strategies.

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About the Author

Kathy Cramer, Ph.D., is the founder and managing partner of The Cramer Institute in St. Louis, MO. For more than twenty years, she and her colleagues have pioneered the development of Asset-Based Thinking (ABT) approaches to coaching, consulting, and training, and inspiring individuals and organizations. Her signature programs, keynotes, books, and online and new media offerings have passionate followers among corporate leaders, entrepreneurs, nonprofits, schools, psychologists, coaches, and others who are dealing with change, transition, innovation, and success in today’s world.

Kathy is an accomplished speaker, trainer, executive consultant, and the author of six books, including, Change the Way You See Yourself Through Asset-Based Thinking (2008), the first title in the ABT series, Change the Way You See Everything Through Asset-Based Thinking (2006), and Change the Way You See Everything for Teens (April 2009.) The latest release in the ABT series, Lead Positive: What Highly Effective Leaders See, Say, and Do, will be published in March 2014 by Jossey-Bass.

Dr. Cramer has received wide media recognition in such outlets as The Oprah Winfrey Show, Personal Excellence, St. Louis Business Journal, Realtor magazine, TomPeters.com, Forbes.com, and other national and regional venues. She has produced two films on stress, one of which received an Emmy Award.