Dr Heather Goode provides some insights as she delves deeper into Tshepo Langa’s book entitled, “The ADI Model: What am I Thinking?”
Hidden between the pages of Tshepho Langa’s book is a Richard Templar quote from his book “The rules of management”, who once said “being creative is about finding new and different ways to solve problems”[i]. Therefore, a challenge in leadership is finding ways to shift your thinking, adapt to changing contexts, improve your problem-solving skills, and approach old problems and new contexts with new ideas. Tshepho Langa, who is a faculty member at The Da Vinci Institute, sought to engage with this essential aspect of personal development when he wrote, “The ADI Model: What am I Thinking?”. Tshepho describes writing this book as being “about inspiring intentional mindset change towards a meaningful success and contribution to others.”
The book initiates by detailing Tshepho’s own experiences and shifts in thinking, as he starts by pointing out that, “[t]houghts always lead to some form of action. Good thoughts lead to good action, bad thoughts lead to bad action. Our thoughts become our reality.” While this is not a unique idea, Tshepho seeks to make people think intentionally, with an awareness of the potential gains and consequences of their thoughts. Therefore, this book engages for a younger generation and refreshes some ideas for the current contexts.
In this book, the journey starts with exploring worldviews and perceptions of reality, about thoughts in various contexts, the value of gratitude, releasing anxiety, personal change, learning from mistakes, self-leadership and leadership in general. At the end of the book, Tshepho includes his ADI model for intentional thinking towards achievement. In this book, he seeks to provide tools and perspectives to shift your thinking, make space for change and innovation, to increase creative thinking. Tshepho hopes to contribute towards the reader’s personal development, as well as sparking courage and inspiration in his readers. While Tshepho briefly touches on some biblical perspectives, his book is intended for a wider audience and respects diversity.
While this is Tshepho’s first book and a succinct read, his writing reveals his experience as a faculty member in developing both young adults as entrepreneurs, and engaging with working adults who are preparing for their respective leadership roles. Tshepo’s ability to explain concepts, his use of storytelling and the readability of this book makes this appropriate for recent matrics, newcomers to business or second-language speakers. This book will appeal to those who want to shift their perspectives and improve their thinking while making better decisions without being challenged with strange concepts and complicated text.
When we chatted to Tshepho about his book in a webinar at Da Vinci, the relevance of his book to a South African audience was confirmed. While his book was written before the pandemic lockdown, it was released during the 2020 lockdown period, also in an online platform. By chance, the book also includes some ideas that are relevant to navigating further changes or iterations of the pandemic. When asked if he would change anything given the pandemic, Tshepho laughed and said he had many more examples, perhaps to quote from.
The value of taking key principles that can apply in multiple ways throughout your career makes this a useful read. In Tshepho’s own words, this book seeks to “awaken the creativity that might be dormant in your mind. You can intentionally use your thoughts to achieve your life goals. The ADI model will pull your creativity out towards productivity. This book promotes change for purpose and allows you to lead yourself”.
While Tshepho is exploring his next book, he is also busy with his Doctoral Degree at The Da Vinci Institute and still continues to lecture.
(The reviewer received no monetary benefit from Tshepho Langa for reviewing this book, and this review is offered to the book author as a fellow Davincian.)
[i] Templar, R. (2015). The Rules of Management. Pearson UK.