Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Flip It - How to Get the Best Out of Everything

Author:       Michael Heppell
Published:  2012
Publisher:   Pearson Education Ltd.
Hardcover:  176 pages

In this book the author offers his approach for thinking and taking actions that lead to higher levels of happiness, confidence, creativity and success. He calls this approach  "Flip It".  
Nothing new about it. Flip It  approach is just another way of looking at things from a  positive and optimistic perspective (Reframing) . 
 The book describes how to apply Flip It thinking in different situations - while interacting with friends, spouses, partners, family; at work; in business etc.
The narrative is supported by ample illustrations,anecdotes and techniques.
 Some of the techniques I liked are :
Friends Grid: Classifying the friends we have in four categories - Poor Me, Grower, Sapper and Groupie depending on how positive/negative and giving/taking they are so that we can choose to spend maximum time with the Growers and avoid the Sappers.
Rock to Resolution : Breaking down a big problem into small chunks; identifying solutions for each of these chunks; and visualizing how the outcome will look if all the solutions were in place.
Link Words: An idea generation technique - picking a random word and forming a network of words linked to this word; then choosing a couple of words from the network at random and develop a link between them.
The book is written in a conversational manner with a sense of humor and is a good  light reading material. But it does not have an USP which can clearly differentiate it from other self-help books in the market,

Table of Contents:

  1. Finding Flip It
  2. Flip It for confidence and happiness
  3. Flip It for friends, love and family
  4. Flip It for health
  5. Flip It for money
  6. Flip It for success
  7. Flip It for creativity
  8. Flip It at work and in business
  9. Flip It for your fantastic future

10. Flip It when you’re having ‘one of those days
11. Flip It for everything else


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