Summary of Raise the Bar

Creative Strategies to Take Your Business And Personal Life to the Next Level

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Raise the Bar book summary
Career advice from the former head of Disney University.


5 Overall

5 Applicability

3 Innovation

7 Style


Mike Vance (who worked closely with Walt Disney, one of the world’s greatest innovators) and Diane Deacon clearly know their stuff when it comes to raising the bar, thinking outside the box and other somewhat clichéd approaches to business and personal performance. But, paradoxically, their book fails to raise its own bar. The writing is simplistic, lacks personality and reads like a formulaic presentation absent nuance, wit, intellect or style. Nonetheless, the book’s content is worthy of your attention, especially if you’re stuck in a rut, fearful of innovating or locked into a corporate climate that discourages creativity. getAbstract recommends this book’s message to those who need a reminder that unless they innovate and ratchet up their achievement level, they will stagnate. As for the authors - do as they say, not as they write.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How Walt Disney continually managed to elevate the level of employee performance;
  • Which eight strategies you can employ to “raise the bar”; and
  • Why you should encourage employees to be creative and innovative.


A Master Stimulates Others
In everything he did, Walt Disney creatively moved himself and his company up to the "next level." He found ways to stimulate others by getting them to focus on new challenges and examine long-standing problems with fresh eyes. When his employees were working...
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About the Authors

Mike Vance, the former head of Disney University, lectures and consults on creative ideas and breakthrough solutions. Diane Deacon is president of the Creative Thinking Association of America and of Intellectual Equities, a products, seminar and consulting company providing creative services. She is an authority in idea development and innovative problem solving. Vance and Deacon also co-authored Think Out of the Box and Break Out of the Box.

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