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Quinn 2 followed in the footsteps of his father as did Covey 2 with Speed of Trust. I call these books Airport Reading, or Coporate Buzz Books. The messages in these books are solid, in this case lifting to the spirit. The reality is despite all of the research, the book lacks real substance and poses some anecdotal evidence to the claims and ideas.
Quinn notes the ever popular book Good to Great by Collins. While always a good laugh, one must simply ask how many of these eleven companies are still great, if not sub-par? And in 2009, Quinn should know not to cite this book with such reliance. It would also be critical to note that this is kind of light reading that appears to document other light reading, thus claiming some level of false scholarly work.
The author continues to doublespeak in that in one chapter he notes that people reflect the modes and attitudes of those around them. That is fair enough, and is documented with plenty of studies. BUT, the author then goes on to say it is self focused not to stop by and help someone who is negative and chatty. But then further contradicts himself by noting that listening to these people can poison an organization. Quinn makes valid points about reflection and disease to an organization, but simply did not check his logic when adding in the empathy argument. Plus, there may be a human factor involved here, which he did touch on in the first part, but forgot in the next chapter. He loses the point here.
And to equal the failure of Collins, Quinn uses an example empathy with Stakeholders with the BankBoston endeavor to yield to federal pressure to reach out to poor inner cities with a new bank called First Community Bank. He notes how this bank took off and did wonderful. But like Collins, he picked a loser in the medium to long term. Unlike Collins, Quinn should have simply googled BankBoston to see if they took any bailout monies.... Poor research at best, but it keeps loyal to Airport level reading documentation.
Quinn has a valid point in his work, and cites many good stories and research projects in it. The problem of any book on this level, one must suspend their knowledge of the world, and try to remember it is a light read, meant to convey an idea of Lift, not to prove anything sound or scholarly. Not a rush read, get it when it goes on sale.
The writers did their homework - this is a thoughtfully written, easily accessible book for anyone who is ready to truly be a positive influence in the world. It is applicable to family life, school life, work life, and recreational life. It reflects the power in all of us to invite change rather than force it. Remember the parable about the sun and the wind? The wind wanted to prove his power -- and he bet the sun he could succeed better than the sun in getting a man to take off his coat? The wind blew and blew, but the man just held on to his coat that much tighter. Then it was the sun's turn - and he just beamed. The man was ever so willing to shed his coat! Lift lives up to its name and gives practical ways to be true to ourselves, and allow us to "beam" with integrity and insight for positive change. Thank you, Quinns!
I had to read a book on leadership for a graduate-level course. As someone w/a background in psychology, I am always hesitant as so many books come off as self-help fluff. I was very impressed with this one, though. It provides a research-based foundation for reflection on one's own behavior in order to be a force of Lift - of positive leadership and action - to others. Other leadership approaches may be layered on top of this. Without Lift, the other approaches won't work, as Lift speaks to being genuine to self and others through you thoughts & actions. You will not be sincere without it! Highly recommended!
Drawing on the history and science of flight as a metaphor, the Quinns not only explain each of the four principles of "lift," but also demonstrate how all of the principles need to work together for positive results to occur. Two chapters are devoted to discussing each principle, with a list of practical suggestions concluding each discussion. The book ends by exploring how to integrate these principles in our lives.
I found the book inspiring yet practical, complex yet accessible. While it was written by business professors and consultants, its ideas can certainly apply in personal, family, congregational, and community situations as well as in business settings. Congratulations to the Quinns for an excellent contribution!
Ryan Quinn was my Organizational Behavior professor at Brigham Young University. Lift was part of our curriculum. I loved reading this book as I felt like it gave me the resources and tools to be able to be a more positive influence in my life and in the lives of the people I interact with. You know it's an influential book when after you finish it you want to buy it for everyone that you know.
An assertive blend of applicable leadership, spiritual-ish truths and psychological awareness, showing how our mental states (and those of others) affect good decision making and how our perceptions limit or enhance what we see is possible in personal and organizational contexts. The book also teaches how to elevate your and others' state of mind to one which is purpose-centered - rather than problem-solving - and shows how the shift encourages more higher-level thinking and decisions. Many parables too; an easy and gripping read.
I have read serveral books and attended workshops on how to have better relationships both at work and in your personal life. This books ranks right at the top of the list. It has changed how I view my interactions every day.