Robert Quinn
Inspiring Positive Change
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Check out the cover story in  this month's HBR by Bob Quinn & Anjan Thakor
40 Years of Experience
It's difficult to capture the value of what Bob Quinn does in words.  He has spent the last 40 years doing research, publishing, teaching, consulting, and speaking to more than half of the Fortune 500. 
Like many scholars he conveys a deep understanding of organizations, leadership and change.  Like many consultants he is able to translate those deep concepts into useable tools and open new paths of possibility.  Like many speakers he has a quick sense of humor and a talent for storytelling that captures the interest of his audience almost immediately.  These shared traits meet the needs of most companies when they hire a speaker.  But Bob is also very different from most speakers.
Unlike other speakers he is a deep listener, who is fully present in every session.  He doesn't connect to the group, he connects with the group.  He is fearless in leaving his prepared script to hear and address the needs of the audience in real time.  He weaves the stories and responses of the audience into his own content to reach people in more relevant, light-bulb generating ways.  The most common response from people who have heard him speak is, "I felt like he was speaking just to me." 
Bob meets all of your normal expectations, and then moves beyond them to help people make the message their own.   He moves people from the role of passive listener to active change agent, because he understands that we tolerate the assumptions of others, but we act on our own beliefs.  Please contact us for more information, and sign up for our monthly newsletter if you'd like an injection of positivity to arrive in your inbox.
Roles Bob Plays:
  • Professor at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business
  • Publisher of 18 books
  • Co-founder and Director of the Center for Positive Organizations
  • Advisor and consultant
  • Keynote Speaker
  • Workshop Leader
  • Husband (to 1), Father of 6, Grandfather of 15, Friend to all
  1. It has been a real journey these past 10 years in building our organization. It is a great place to work today, and it is not just me that would say that. We use the concepts you [Bob] taught us every day. So, I just wanted to say thank you from all of us who have been on this 10 year journey. We ARE going to celebrate next Thursday at 2 pm EST in all of our offices. So, think of us then and know that we will be toasting you and your work.

    Helen Frye, Fortune 100 Financial Services Company

  2. Bob Quinn has a unique ability to engage with leaders in a deeply personal and inspirational manner. He helps define and encourage authentic, service-focused, conscious leadership. His energy, enthusiasm, and knowledge, coupled with an ability to draw on the groups’ experiences, create a dynamic and lasting learning experience – oriented towards action and transformation.

    Joanne Alexander, Senior Director, Learning and Organizational Effectiveness

A Little Inspiration
The Positive Organization Blog
Bob writes bi-weekly on The Positive Organization blog .  The blog posts are written to inspire people to consider ways to make their organization, and their lives more positive.  Be sure to follow him for a little extra inspiration.  He'd love to hear your stories and ideas for positive change as well.  You can email him here
Bob works closely with LIfT Consulting on large-scale change projects. 
Principal Consultant, Shawn Quinn, helps companies get to the core of their purpose and mission in
business. He is considered one of the leading practitioners of positive organizational scholarship in the world.
Together with his partner, Dan Duckworth, UK partner Mark Templeton, and Ryan Quinn (University of Louisville) they have worked with Fortune 500 and FTSE 100 companies  to instill positive values in their culture and increase their readiness for change. 
If you'd like to go beyond just a speaking engagement, contact LIfT Consulting here.
The Positive Organization
According to a Gallup study, 75% of people across the world are disengaged in their work.  Everyday people go to their jobs believing that their culture and company can not, and will not change.  They feel disempowered and overextended.
Creating a positive organization, where your people are engaged and exceeding expectations is not just a nice idea, it has the power to improve your bottom line by engaging your people.
This book uses anecdotal evidence and research to illustrate how you can break free from constraints and see a world of positive options that will help you and your people to flourish and exceed expectations.
See All of Bob's Publications
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      Gold Award Winner

Congratulations to Bob, Katherine, Mike and Gretchen on receiving a gold award for their book, "The Best Teacher in You", and winning first place in the education category of the 2015 Benjamin Franklin Awards !
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 Long Term Results

  1. I worked with Bob Quinn and his associates over 10 years ago during a time of tremendous change following a merger between my organization and a competitor. The senior team of the combined organization included several leaders from each of the previous organizations, including the president. He recognized that we needed help integrating the two existing cultures to create a new, vibrant culture for the combined entity. Bob brought us an approach to building a positive organization based on focusing on and utilizing everyone’s best self. He introduced us to the Competing Values Framework, which we still use today when discussing talent and putting teams together. We are a mission driven organization where many people speak about their work as their “calling,” something we learned from Bob. Our organization has been successful based on a number of different metrics in part because we have a low turnover rate and can attract great talent. Our associates and our clients tell us we are a different kind of organization, one that cares about others. We take that as a great compliment and I know it started with the work that Bob Quinn did with us back in 2004.

    Helen Frye, Fortune 100 Financial Services Company

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