If your actions inspire others to
DREAM more, DO more, LEARN more, and BECOME more

you are a leader

-- JQ Adams
Only 13% of the world's workforce is Engaged
    unhappy, unproductive
        spreading negativity
That's an enormous hit to productivity, not to mention a huge toll on families and communities.
Let's turn this around.
unmotivated, uninspired
witholding discretionary effort
   energized, committed
making positive contributions
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We increase the capacity of individuals and teams
to lead change and create excellence.


Positive Deviance

Positive Organizations

Deep Change

The Fundamental State of Leadership

Excellence is a form of deviance from the norm... positive deviance. Positive Deviance also refers to those within an organization or community who are flourishing despite facing the same constraints as everyone else. 
Deep Change is the soul-wrenching process of self-reinvention that is the price to acquire moral authority. You cannot lead Deep Change unless you are experiencing Deep Change.
Positive Organizations are those in which the people are generally flourishing and exceeding expectations. Positive leaders, using techniques of positive organizing, can create such life-giving organizations.
FSL is a frame of mind in which a leader’s capacity piques dramatically. In FSL, she becomes the best version of herself, and a sustained episode of excellence emerges. This state is sometimes also called Lift, Flow, or Zone.
Our principles are rooted in scholarship flowing from the Center for Positive Organizations at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business.
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Shawn Quinn
Dan Duckworth 
Robert Quinn, PhD
Ryan Quinn, PhD
An associate professor at the University of Louisville College of Business, Ryan teaches and researches in the areas of leadership and change management. He has published several journal articles, and the book Lift: The Fundamental State of Leadership (Berrett-Kohler, 2015, 2nd edition).  He teaches MBA students and executives in Fortune 500 companies, private firms, and start-up businesses.  Ryan has a B.S. in statistics from Brigham Young University, a Ph.D. in Management and Organizations, as well as a graduate certificate in the study of complex systems from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, and has studied international business and corporate strategy in Hitotsubashi University in Japan. Ryan has a gift for deeply connecting to his audience and leading them through difficult problems to their own solutions.  Ryan lives in Louisville with his wife and four children.
For the last twelve years, Dan has been leading change within organizations.  In the face of cultural constraints, he has mobilized executives and inspired teams to achieve "the impossible.” He quickly sees to the heart of business issues, is able to creatively find and articulate new paths and options, and then has the unique ability to help others understand and lead as well. These attributes have allowed him to immediately make an impact at LIFT Consulting where he has led a full-scale business transformation, and acted as a teacher and coach to executives in wide range of industries. Dan earned a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Michigan and Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from Brigham Young University. He has spent significant time in Taiwan and India, and speaks Mandarin Chinese. He lives near Ann Arbor, Michigan with his wife and five children, and enjoys coaching his kids’ athletic teams and working with youth development programs.
 As the founding partner for LIFT Consulting, Shawn has a passion for leading companies and people to their positive potential.  He conducts classes, workshops and training programs in Michigan’s Executive Education Program at the Ross School of Business.  He also works closely with the Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship.   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.  Experience and education aside, Shawn’s real strength is his ability to connect with people.  He is authentic, sincere, and is not afraid to be open and vulnerable.  He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with his wife and four children and spends countless hours analyzing Michigan sports and looking for the next national title.
40 years of research and work with organizations has helped Bob to become one of the most sought after speakers and respected coaches in the business world.   Bob holds the Margaret Elliot Tracey Collegiate Professorship at the University of Michigan and serves on the faculty of Organization and Management at the Ross Business School. He is one of the co-founders of the Center for Positive Organizations.  He has written 20 books, and the most recent one – The Positive Organization – will be published in July 2015.  Bob creates personal accountability, challenges your assumptions about leadership and personal success, and empowers you to realize your potential.  He listens deeply and is able to use your own personal narrative to help you understand the principles he teaches.  He has been married for 45 years to his wife Delsa.  They have six children and 15 grandchildren
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