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The Lift Team: A Force for Positive Change

Lift Consulting’s mission is to improve the level and quality of organizational performance using the principles of positive leadership developed with the University of Michigan’s Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship and POS scholars throughout the world.

This collaborative effort promotes positive leadership, which has practical applications for every business. It focuses on executives' most effective attributes--their "best selves"--to provide something to build on as they move forward to effect change within their organizations.

Clients who apply the principles of Lift not only wield positive influence, but by their very nature become a positive influence that creates higher, more sustainable levels of performance during both good times and challenging ones.

Meet the Team

Lift Consulting comprises three key partners, together with a carefully selected network of associates, all of whom understand and work hard to live positive leadership principles.  Lift partners each have a contribution to make—through executive training, consulting, coaching, publishing books and research articles, writing a blog that is followed by thousands, and developing practical tools for transforming leadership, including the Reflected Best Self exercise.

Shawn Quinn—Principal Consultant. Change Agent.

Shawn helps companies get to the core of their purpose and mission in business. He is considered the leading practitioner of positive organizational scholarship in the world.
“Are you up for it?” Shawn challenges leaders of Fortune 500 companies such as General Electric, Coca-Cola, American Express, and Reuters, and the U.S. Army on their readiness to embrace change. That's it’s not always a comfortable place for them to be. But it's a critical first step.

Creativity unleashed. Organizations can be creative in many ways—devising an innovative solution to a problem, for example, or coming up with systems or processes that achieve greater efficiency. When Shawn works with change agent teams, creativity is unleashed, positive energy abounds, transformation happens…and it’s sustainable.

Walk in apprehensive. Walk out energized. Shawn conducts classes, workshops, and training programs through both Lift Consulting and Michigan's Ross School of Business. Participants may enter into work with Shawn feeling a little apprehensive, but they walk away from it feeling energized: to embrace possibilities, inspire positive transitions, and effect lasting change.
Shawn is the coauthor of Leading Innovation: How to Jumpstart Your Organization’s Growth Engine (McGraw-Hill, 2006). He holds a master’s degree in organizational and social psychology from Columbia University and a certificate in Experienced Based Learning and Training from National Training Labs.

Robert Quinn—Writer. Speaker. Guru.

Bob is here to spread the word about positive change in organizations—through the classes and workshops he teaches at the University of Michigan, the nearly 20 books he as written, and the talks he presents to audiences around the world. He is one of the founders of the positive leadership movement.

Deep Change. It’s not just the title of Bob Quinn’s most impactful book, it is what happens to individuals, teams, and organizations when they work through the Deep Change Field Guide, attend a workshop he leads, or listen to a keynote speech he gives.

A Ripple Effect. Bob creates personal accountability, challenges your assumptions about leadership and personal success, and empowers you to realize your potential. He takes you down a path where you feel change happening deep within yourself, and you gain the confidence to replicate that change in your team or your organization. Ask the U.S. Army!

A Positive Organizational Scholar. In 2002, Bob and his University of Michigan colleagues Kim Cameron and Jane Dutton founded the Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship, dedicated to growing this important new movement in organizational research. A professor of organizational scholarship, he is a frequent presenter at the center’s Positive Links Speaker Series events.

Ryan Quinn—Scholar. Communicator. Conversationalist.

As a change management expert, Ryan helps people talk their way into new worlds of possibility, engaging them in bold concepts such as high-impact communication, high-performance experiences, power, and courage. His research explores this essential question: What makes organizations and the people within them flourish, excel, and exceed expectations?

Releasing the findings. His research on these topics has led to well-respected books such as Lift: Becoming a Positive Force in Any Situation (Berrett-Kohler, 2009), co-written with Robert Quinn and journal articles in publications such as Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Annals, Organization Science, and Human Resource Management.

The art of conversation. As a consultant, Ryan helps people uncover causes rather than symptoms of poor communication’s fallout. If we want to change the world, he says, we have to change how we communicate. From his perspective, it’s in the art of the conversation.

Coordination, change, influence, and motivation. Ryan brings these fundamental issues into focus on the Lift Blog, where thousands of followers return regularly to learn best practices and tools and receive guidance.

Ryan holds a B.S. in statistics from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. in management and organizations from the Ross School of Business, where he also earned a graduate certificate in the study of complex systems. He has studied international business and corporate strategy at Japan’s Hitotsubashi University. An assistant professor at University of Louisville College of Business, he has served as a visiting professor at Brigham Young University and an assistant professor at the University of Virginia Darden Graduate School of Business, where he contributed to the Darden-Curry Partnership for Leaders in Education’s Turnaround Specialist Program.

Contact Lift Consulting to learn our team can transform your organization’s performance, to schedule a speaking engagement, or to commission a custom workshop.

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