"Bounce Back Higher" tackles these two fundamental questions in a profound little book that is a manifesto and pathfinder for our era. It gives us new insights and answers for a time when global pandemic, economic disaster, political division, and climate crisis pose an existential choice for all of us. This 45-minute read offers a practical guide to finding and harnessing supportive tailwindsstrengths, inspiration, and camaraderiethat can lift us above headwinds.
As the creator of The Philanthropic Quest Strategic Retreat, Jim Lord draws on the latest findings in human and organizational behavior, to show why and how we choose to truly make a difference.
More important, he offers the wisdom gained from fifty years of work with civic leaders and philanthropists from fifty countries, who have given and raised billions for the causes they value. They have taught him more about what motivates people to give than any book, course, or expert he's encountered. In these pages, you also benefit from the consulting that has taken him from smalltown YWCAs to the Vatican and White House.
Jim uses a story in three parts to illustrate a simple journey all changemakers can take. You will learn how to turn the focus from me to we; how changing a single word changed a conversation and a culture; and how you can lead others to find their desire to contribute from within, not through coaxing or coercion. You can do it once you've elicited their "want-to" instead of their "have-to"by touching on their "why-to".
Three simple but significant stepsclear our minds, go on a walk-and-talk, and elevate higher than ever beforealong with four quick questions, and inspiring videos of six courageous leaders who led in difficult daysprepare us to make our most significant contribution ever and inspire others to do the same.
Learn how you can shift your thinking (and others) from the disempowering sense of how much needs to be done to actually see how much we have done. When people remember what they already have accomplishedand their many resources in, and around themthey are more motivated to hear and answer the call to shape a post-pandemic world that is worthy of them. One that is better than we can imagine.
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About the Author
All his endeavors began with the question he first naively asked 50 years ago, "Why do people 'give away' their money?" Answering that question has turned into a life's work that has taken him from consulting with small-town YWCAs to the Vatican and White House, and it has brought civic leaders and university presidents from 50 countries to his Philanthropic Quest Strategic Retreat.
He is also the author of "What Kind of World Do You Want?", written after 9/11. "Bounce Back Higher" serves as a prequel and new introduction to that book.
Table of Contents
Introduction - Go Higher 1
When the Sky Is Falling, Can We Choose a Future? 5
Can We Actually Choose? 9
Change a Word, Change a Reality 13
Getting from Me Courage to We Citizenry 16
So How Is It Going for You, Really? 18
Just How Important Is the Question of How Are We Doing? 20
The Power of Contribution in Our Lives 22
3 Steps from Contemplation to Conversation to Inspiration 27
Step 1 - Get Out of the River 29
What to Do in the Face of an Existential Threat 32
Ask Yourself … (30-Second Question #1) 36
Step 2 - Take a Walk Along the River's Edge 37
A New Way to View a New Time 41
How Do We Stay Connected While Apart? 43
Can Changing the Conversation Change the Culture (And the World)? 47
Ask Yourself … (30-Second Question #2) 50
Step 3 - Bounce Back Higher 51
Resilience: Can It Grow? 55
Exceeding Resilience: Post-Traumatic Growth 56
Can Our Response to Covid-19 Define This Era? 61
Ask Yourself … (30-Second Question #3) 64
Who Will Lead? 65
We Can Elicit Each Other's Hidden Resources to Create a Citizenry of We 68
Who's Leading Us? 69
Creating Contributive Justice 74
Are Resources the Key? 79
Ask Yourself (Bonus Question - The Biggest One) 82
Be in Touch with Me 84
About Jim Lord 87
Further Reading: What Kind of World Do You Want? 90
Quest Strategic Retreats 91