Shawn Achor, New York Times bestselling author of Big Potential and The Happiness Advantage
Inspiration is a most critical resource to be managed in modern work.
The problem is that the power of inspiration often feels fleeting. But what if you could design your own way to be inspired at work on a regular basis? What if you could make your own inspiration last?
Rooted in 18 engines of inspiration that emerged from interviews with leaders across different industries, Dare to Inspire shows how to supercharge inspiration for yourself, your team, and your organization. Each chapter offers tools, strategies, and examples of how to make inspiration happen and last.
Through stories of pioneers in business, health, education, and other industries, readers learn how to effectively use the engines to spark inspiration, along with specific practices to sustain it. Dare to Inspire features Chef Wes Avila, the founder of L.A. sensation Guerrilla Tacos, who was inspired to revolutionize his industry; crowdfunding pioneer Charles Best, who founded DonorsChoose to meet the challenge of connecting teachers in need with donors interested in supporting educational programs; and many others. This will be a vital book for anyone interested in creativity, success, achievement, and happiness.
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About the Author
Sandra Spataro started her professional career in Silicon Valley, working in various management positions at Oracle Corporation, with executives such as Ray Lane and Larry Ellison. As cofounder and chief excellence officer at InspireCorps, Spataro designs products and services for clients.
Jen Grace Baron is an organization development leader with a 20-year track record of success, leading large-scale talent strategy initiatives in companies such as eBay, Hewlett Packard, and Johnson & Johnson.
Table of Contents
Part I Understanding Inspiration
Chapter 1 What Is Inspiration and Why Does It Matter? 5
Chapter 2 Truths about Inspiration 21
Part II Sparking Inspiration
Chapter 3 Sparked by YOU 41
Chapter 4 Sparked by OTHERS 61
Chapter 5 Sparked by SITUATIONS 85
Part III Sustaining Inspiration
Chapter 6 Respark the Engines 107
Chapter 7 Direct Inspiration to Desired Outcomes 123
Chapter 8 Give Your Inspiration a Boost 139
Chapter 9 Manage Your Energy: Body, Mindset, and Emotions 159
Part IV Scaling Inspiration
Chapter 10 Inspiring Leaders 179
Chapter 11 Inspiring Teams 197
Chapter 12 Inspiring Organizations 223
Appendix A Rood Map to Spark, Sustain, and Scale Inspiration 253
Appendix B What Inspiration is Not 257
Appendix C Table of Inspiration Engines 261