Synopses & Reviews
It's Monday morning and George walks out of the front door to his car and a flat tire. But this is the least of his problems. His home life is in shambles and his team at work is in disarray. With a big new product launch coming in two weeks for the NRG-2000, he has to find a way to get it together or risk losing his marriage and job. Forced to take the bus to work, George meets a unique kind of bus driver and an interesting cast of characters who, over the course of two weeks, share the ten rules for the ride of his life. In the process, they help him turn around his work and life, saving his job and marriage from destruction.
The Energy Bus, an international bestseller, takes readers on an enlightening and inspiring ride that reveals ten secrets for approaching life and work with the kind of positive, forward thinking that leads to true accomplishment—at work and at home.
Everyone faces challenges. And every person, organization, company, and team has to overcome negativity and adversity to define themselves and create their success. No one goes through life untested and the answer to these tests is positive energy—the kind of positive energy that consists of the vision, trust, optimism, enthusiasm, purpose, and spirit that defines great leaders and their dreams.
Drawing upon his experience and work with thousands of leaders, sales professionals, teams, nonprofit organizations, schools, and athletes, Gordon infuses this engaging story with keen insights, actionable strategies, and a big dose of positive infectious energy.
For managers and team leaders or anyone looking to turn negative energy into positive achievement, The Energy Bus provides a powerful plan for overcoming common life and work obstacles and bringing out the best in yourself and your team. When you get on The Energy Bus, you'll enjoy the ride of your life.
‘…there is some great stuff in this book – good ideas, pithy quotes and punchy one-liners which invite you to write them down and recall them at the appropriate time.’ (Edge, May 2007)
Praise for The Energy Bus
"Jon's book The Energy Bus and his talk to our team have been very useful tools in helping us build a positive team and culture where our players overcome negativity and challenges to perform at their highest potential."
—Mike Smith, Head Coach of the Atlanta Falcons
"Given the challenges and adversity we face in business and life today, Jon Gordon provides a clear road map to navigate the negativity and pitfalls that too often sabotage individual and team success as he shines a light on the truths that define great leaders, great teams, and great energy. I especially loved the part about leading with purpose. I consider this a valuable book for anyone looking to bring out the best in themselves and their team."
—Tom Gegax, founder of Tires Plus
"Purpose, vision, enthusiasm, and spirit are all critical elements for individual and team success. The Energy Bus does a masterful job of weaving together these principles to create a dynamic and entertaining read that will infuse you and your team with positive energy. Get on the bus and enjoy the ride."
—Pat Williams, Senior Vice President of the NBA's Orlando Magic
"The world would be a much better place if we all focused on being positive. Gordon is 'the Pastor of Positive Energy' and I'm one of his believers."
—Danny Gans, Las Vegas Entertainer of the Year
"Gordon so inspired our sales professionals with his positive energy that they were asking for more. Now, here is his philosophy in a book we can read and quote—and we will!"
—Linda H. Sherrer, President and CEO of Prudential Network Realty
Negative attitudes in the workplace cost businesses billions of dollars every year, but solutions are hard to come by. "The Energy Bus" is a business fable designed to shows readers how to find their inner motivation and pass that inspiring energy on to others.
In the style of other bestselling business fables, The Energy Bustakes you on an enlightening and inspiring ride that reveals ten secrets for approaching life and work with the kind of positive, forward thinking that leads to true accomplishment—at work and at home. Author Jon Gordon shows you how to turn negative energy into positive achievement.
The Energy Bus, an international best seller by Jon Gordon, takes readers on an enlightening and inspiring ride that reveals 10 secrets for approaching life and work with the kind of positive, forward thinking that leads to true accomplishment - at work and at home. Jon infuses this engaging story with keen insights as he provides a powerful roadmap to overcome adversity and bring out the best in yourself and your team. When you get on The Energy Bus you’ll enjoy the ride of your life!
About the Author
Jon Gordon is a speaker, consultant, and author of the international bestseller The No Complaining Rule, Training Camp, and The Shark and the Goldfish, all from Wiley. He and his books have been featured on CNN and NBC's Today show, and in Forbes; O, The Oprah Magazine; the Wall Street Journal; and the New York Times. His clients include the Atlanta Falcons, the PGA Tour, Northwestern Mutual, Publix Super Markets, Campbell Soup, and JPMorgan Chase.
Table of Contents
Author's Note xiii
1 Flat Tire 1
2 Good News and Bad News 9
3 The Long Walk Home 11
4 George Wakes Up 15
5 No Joy on the Bus 17
6 The Rules 19
7 You're the Driver 25
8 It's All About Energy 33
9 George Shares His Vision 37
10 Focus 41
11 The Power of Positive Energy 45
12 George Takes a Walk 51
13 One Great Golf Shot Theory 53
14 Bus Tickets 55
15 A Very Long Weekend 61
16 Who's on the Bus 63
17 The Enemy Is Negativity 67
18 No Energy Vampires on the Bus 73
19 The Ultimate Rule of Positive Energy 77
20 George Takes Control of His Bus 81
21 George Has a Dream 89
22 Better Today than Yesterday 91
23 Feeling Good 95
24 Lead with Heart 99
25 Chief Energy Officer 103
26 Love Your Passengers 113
27 Love Rules 121
28 Fear and Trust 125
29 The Next Day 129
30 The Team Gets Inspired 135
31 Game Day 139
32 The Presentation 147
33 Joy 151
34 It's More Fun on the Bus 155
The Energy Bus Action Plan 159
Bus Tickets 165
Share the Energy! Get Your Team on the Bus!! 166