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Eliciting Excellence: Bringing Out the Best in People by Michael J. Beck is a very informative book. It is well written and timely on the subject of empowering people to reach their next level — mentally and physically. The author gives vivid stereotypical stories to help drive home a point of reference for each prescribed chapter. The stories are descriptively created in such a way that you’ll find yourself relating in one way or another.
“The bottom line is that if you want to maximize results, you must maximize engagement by bringing out the best in people and getting them to put forth their best effort.”
This statement, along with others, is true on so many levels. When you engage with someone you open a common ground of appreciation and dependability. This engagement subconsciously encourages another in an effective way. Beck continues and gives practical advice, seemingly firsthand, to leaders and those who seek to become examples in their own field. I especially love how the author characterized certain aspects when dealing with “Self” in reference to engagement with others. I found myself reading certain sections more than once because of the empowerment found within the content. The author extensively tackles the issue of integrity, along with others, in a very informative way.
“Our words and actions will carry more weight and have greater impact if we’ve earned the trust (and respect) of others in advance.”
From chapter to chapter, there are so many wonderful truths. I definitely recommend this book to not only leaders, but to anyone who is seeking a shift in their life from stagnation to productivity in the arena of excellence. I have to say that I wholeheartedly agree and I have myself mimicked the same concept as the author mentions below.
“I practiced the behaviors I admired, even though sometimes it took me out of my comfort zone. And I owned up to my mistakes, apologizing to people when I didn’t do what I knew I should have done.”
Eliciting Excellence: Bringing Out the Best in People by Michael J. Beck is a book that will push you to a new level of excellence.