The Making of Your Own World by Warren Hilton consists of both text and illustrations. This is the second in a series of twelve books on the uses of psychology to solving business and personal efficiency issues. This edition includes an extensive essay on applied psychology, written by Ludwig Reinhold Geissler; discussions of numerous psychological areas, such as motivation, self-esteem, and organizational behavior; practical applications, including scheduling, time management, and goal achievement; and a Parent’s Guide. Part two includes a concise explanation of the theory behind these areas, with detailed photographs and an explanation of how to apply them.
I enjoyed this book very much for its clear presentation of the principles it describes. The text is easy to read and provides numerous examples, charts, and photographs to reinforce its ideas. Geissler does an excellent job of demonstrating how these principles apply to organizational situations. He shows how the relationship between these psychological principles and leadership applies to managerial and leadership activities and daily chores. Hilton provides many practical examples from his own career that illustrate how these principles can be applied in many daily situations.
Most people believe that the principles described by Hilton are quite self-explanatory. In fact, that is one of the advantages of these principles: they are so self-evident and so simple to understand that everyone can learn them. They are also not theoretical principles but are grounded in real-life experience and practical application. Hilton explains these principles in a way that is clear, concise, and easy to follow. I especially liked how Hilton combines the practical and theoretical concepts into a clear, concise, and easy-to-read format.
The Making of Your Own World by Warren Hilton is a quick read. It takes less than one hundred pages to cover the main points and offers more details on each principle than most other books. Hilton starts with an overview of the philosophy behind these principles, then goes into how they apply to leadership and management. I found it easy to follow and understood most of what was being written.
Some of the things I liked about this book were the examples presented and how Hilton presented and discussed them. There were a few areas where I felt I missed the mark or was unclear about something, but overall this was a good book and an easy read. I thought the author did a good job of drawing the reader’s attention to the personal experiences that help us see through the techniques and principles being discussed. This makes the book a more personal read, as some of the content may seem a bit insular given its length. However, once you start reading it, you realize that Hilton’s message is that these techniques and principles work.
The Making of Your Own World by Warren Hilton focuses primarily on four key areas: integrity, power, presence, and trust. These are all important, and Hilton does a good job of outlining how each relates to leadership and management. It would have been nice if more of the book focused more on these four areas and perhaps even made a few references to some less obvious tools and strategies. Nevertheless, these areas were the ones I focused the most on, and I think most people will gain some valuable insight from this book. I think Hilton does an excellent job of summarizing the key things to watch out for in any situation.
In keeping with the “How We Get What We Eat” theme, Hilton also provides a few recipes for healthier eating and a couple of pages on how to prepare for success. He is not a big fan of processed foods or highly processed foods. However, he does provide some practical suggestions and tips to improve eating habits. He does caution, however, to eat real food only. This includes real fruit and vegetables, unprocessed meat, and lean dairy products. Hilton does not go out of his way to discourage you from doing these things, but he does offer some advice to get you started, as well as a couple pages that explain why you should care about eating healthier and living longer.
While this book is not a long introduction to leadership, it does provide quite a bit of information on these important topics. Although it does stick to the basics, Hilton does add some very interesting tidbits that make this a must-read for anyone who wants to become a more successful leader. I also think that most people will find this a valuable primer on the importance of following your values and principles. If you are serious about leadership and management, I would highly recommend that you read this book.