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ISBN-10 111892133XISBN-13 9781118921333
ISBN-10 1-118-92132-1ISBN-13 9781118921326
Author(s): Andy Hargreaves; Alan Boyle; Alma Harris;
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Copyright year: © 2014 Pages: 240

In aerodynamics, uplifit is the force that allows airplanes to take off and escape gravity. Among people and in organizations, uplift is the force that raises our performance, our spirits, and our communities, so that we attain higher purposes and reach unexpected levels of achievement. Uplifiting is about the nature of uplift, its impact on performance, and the ways to achieve it, both inside (employees) and outside (customers and community) the organization. The authors identify the principles of uplifting leadership, showing readers: how to identify and articulate an inspiring dream or destination that is coherently connected to the best of what the organization has been before; how to fight for and drive to achieve the realization of that dream with resilience and tenacity; how to take the opposite path to reaching that dream which opponents do not expect by heading into the winds of resistance; how to pursue the dream at a sustainable pace that does not squander resources, incur excessive debt or burn people out; how to navigate direction and monitor progress by using metrics and indicators in a mindful and meaningful way that everyone values and understands; how to build teams that pull people into change rather than pushing them through it; and how to collaborate with competitors from time to time instead of trying to vanquish them altogether.    Uplifting builds on the authors' original research of 17 corporations, organizations, and systems in business, sports and public education that dramatically improved their performance against unfavorable and even overwhelming odds. Their research answers: What does it take to do a lot with a little, better than you did, or better than your peers? How do you turn losses into wins, near-bankruptcy into strong profitability, and abject failure into stellar success? The book includes case studies of Marks and Spencer,, Dogfish Head Beer, Cricket Australia, Burnley Football Club, The Vancouver Giants, Fiat, and many more.For any leader looking to inspire better results in the people they lead, Uplifiting should be required reading.