Pushing People Up
By Art Williams
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About the Book
Art Williams had a gift. He knew that to win not just one game for his high school team, but begin a legacy of winning, he had to work with the only assets available – his team.
Art had learned from the other mentoring coaches in his life that winning had far more to do with what was in the heart of his players and their “will to win”, than what they looked like, where they came from. Focusing on the hearts absolutely built winning teams, and garnered two “Georgia Coach of Year” awards.
From these simple yet powerful principles, Art Williams went on to build a company that
changed the face of one of the largest industries in the world…the life insurance industry. By applying the philosophy of “Pushing Up People”, a group of 85 former teachers, policeman, fireman, and coaches, built a company of 200,000 strong and literally changed forever the lives of countless families.
So Now…. A step-by-step guide to the “people management” concepts behind one of the greatest success stories in American business.
-Why victory doesn’t always go to the smartest people.
-The three things people want most from their job.
-Four kinds of “failure fears” and how to guard against them
-The power of the “little bit more” principle
-The magic of 90 days
-The Three little words that house the most important leadership principle
-Why winners are made not born.
-The biggest obstacle to keeping success once you make it
-Why you owe it to yourself, and your business to try “Pushing Up People”
Why I Choose this Book
A family friend highly recommended this book, so highly in fact that he bought it for us. Plus I like Art Williams writing style. I’ve heard some of his talks on audio and so sometimes I hear his voice in my head when I’m reading his books which is pretty cool.
What I Thought about this Book
I haven’t read a lot of Art William’s books, but I want to read more. His style is easy to read and very down-to-earth. You can tell he really loves people and genuinely wants what is best for others. Pushing Up People was inspiring to read; it reminded me that even though aspects of reaching my writing goals can be difficult, it’s still worth it to push on and continue working.
Pushing Up People covered a wide range of topics from making goals to having the right kind of attitude to how we should view failure and how praise is more powerful than punishments. Overall the book is geared toward leaders and the correct way to treat their employees, but I think the book is a good read for anyone.
I enjoyed this book and breezed right through it. I hope to read it again because it is chocked full of solid principles and good advice.
I’m giving Pushing Up People four stars and recommending it to anyone twelve and up although some portions of the book don’t exactly apply to that age group.