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As published authors, Lift Consulting’s Shawn, Ryan, and Robert Quinn are recognized thought leaders on what it takes for business leaders to be a force for positive change. Casting “business speak” aside, they bring immediacy and relevance to the concepts they believe in.


Lift - Becoming a Positive Force in Any SituationLift: Becoming a Positive Force in Any Situation, by Ryan W. Quinn and Robert E Quinn (Publisher, 2009). Would you rather exert positive influence or actually embody it? What difference would doing so make in your own life and in the lives of those with whom you work and live? And what stops you? In Lift, the authors guide this personal inquiry into the fundamental state of leadership, allowing you to uncover the ways you’re holding yourself and others back. Lift was named Book of the Year by Utah State University’s Jon H. Huntsman School of Business and by the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Albemarle County Public Schools, and as one of the Best Leadership Books of 2009 at LeadershipNow .



POSITIVE ORGANIZATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPPositive Organizational Scholarship: Foundations of a New Discipline, coedited by Robert E. Quinn, Kim Cameron, and J.E. Dutton (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2003). Embracing positivity as an organizational science, Quinn and two coeditors compiled 23 chapters that represent the best thinking on the subject. The result brings together a broad range of views that, taken together, present a cohesive picture of the state of the art and the future it promises.



Leading Innovation: How to Jump Start Your Organization's Growth Engine by Jeff DeGraff and Shawn Quinn (McGraw-Hill, 2007). This playbook offers integrated creativity tools and techniques for understanding where innovation comes from and harnessing its power to create a culture where real growth is constant—even in the double digits. The book’s many case studies include examples from senior leadership at GE, Reuters, Coca-Cola, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Eaton, and other leading innovators.



Building the Bridge as You Walk On It: A Guide for Leading Change by Robert E. Quinn (Jossey-Bass, 2004). A new model of leadership—“the fundamental state of leadership”—is at the heart of this book. By engaging in the eight practices that center on the theme of ever-increasing integrity—reflective action, authentic engagement, appreciative inquiry, grounded vision, adaptive confidence, detached interdependence, responsible freedom, and tough love—anyone can enter the fundamental state of leadership.



Letters to Garrett: Stories of Change, Power and Possibility by Robert Quinn and Garrett Quinn (Jossey-Bass, 2002). This powerful exchange of letters between father and son occurred at a time when Garrett was a troubled college student, and Bob a loving father unsure of how best to support his son. The result is a heartfelt inquiry into finding purpose in life, bringing meaning and intention to it, and clarifying our core values. Where Bob at first might have hoped to “fix” his son, in the end they both realize that progress begins only once individuals choose to transform themselves.



The Deep Change Field Guide, by Robert E Quinn (Jossey-Bass, 2012). Based on the concepts presented in the best seller Deep Change, this book sends readers on a self-journey toward becoming powerful agents of change. Now in its second edition, the Field Guide allows readers to experience the same personal transformation available to participants in Bob’s popular courses and programs. Readers answer reflection questions, complete film assignments, and create action plans designed to spark a shift in who they are as leaders.


Lift Consulting’s associates have also published books on positivity in leadership. Kim Cameron is the author of Positive Leadership: Strategies for Extraordinary Performance (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2008) and Making the Impossible Possible: Leading Extraordinary Performance—and the Rocky Flats Story, cowritten with Marc Levine (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2006). Barbara Frederickson wrote Positivity: Groundbreaking Research Reveals How to Embrace the Hidden Strength of Positive Emotions, Overcome Negativity, and Thrive(Crown Publishing, 2009).

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