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Soup offers an inspirational business fable that explains the "recipe" you can use to create a winning culture and boost employee morale and engagement. The story follows Nancy, the newly anointed CEO of America's Favorite Soup Company. She has been brought in to reinvigorate the brand and bring success back to a company that has lost its flavor and profit and has fallen on hard times. Fatefully, while eating lunch at a local soup shop, Nancy discovers the key ingredients to unite, engage, and inspire her team and create a culture of greatness.
A turnaround tale like few others, Soup will inspire you to work in your own company to unleash the passion that delivers superior results.
Characteristics of Great Leaders
Content from author Jon Gordon
• Good leaders get people to believe in them.
• Great leaders inspire people to believe in themselves.
• Good leaders say “Watch what I can do.”
• Great leaders say “Let me show you what you can do.”
• Good leaders catch fish for others so they can eat today.
• Great leaders teach people how to fish so they can eat for a lifetime.
Having worked with countless leaders over the years in businesses, schools and professional sports I’ve realized that great leadership is really a transfer of belief. Great leaders share their belief, vision, purpose and passion with others and in the process they inspire others to believe, act and impact. Great leaders are positively contagious and they instill confidence and belief in others.
Great sales managers inspire their sales people to believe in themselves and their product/service. Great school principals inspire their teachers to believe they can make a difference. Great teachers inspire and empower their students to believe in themselves. Great pastors inspire their congregations to serve and impact the community. Great sports coaches inspire their teams to believe they can win. And the people who have changed the world have been those who instilled in others the confidence to step up, serve, take initiative and create positive change. You don’t need a title to be a leader. You just need to lead.
To lead others in a powerful way you must invite them on your bus, share your vision for the road ahead and then encourage, empower and inspire them to drive their own bus. In the process, instead of having just one bus that you drive, you create a fleet of buses and bus drivers, all moving in the same positive direction. When you create a fleet of buses and empower people to drive their own bus, you generate an amazing amount of power and momentum that becomes an unstoppable force. This is what great leadership is all about.
Only a few months into her new job, Nancy wondered whether or not she should have said yes to the CEO position at Soup, Inc. Sales were declining, bankruptcy and takeover rumors were swirling, and employee morale had never been lower. The company had lost both flavor and heat; and nobody likes lukewarm soup. How was Nancy going to turn it around?
Sometimes the answer you need is right in front of you. On a lunch break, Nancy steps into Grandma's Soup House, a little place she hadn't noticed before, and happens upon an unexpected source of inspiration. New from the bestselling author of The Energy Bus and Training Camp, Soup tells the "stirring" story of how Nancy discovers the key ingredients to revitalizing her company, her team, and herself.
A recipe for success for anyone in any position, Soup delivers the powerful message that the quality of your career, business, and team is determined by the quality of your relationships.
People are hungry for positive change and a fresh sense of purpose and passion. If you are ready to stir the pot and lead by example, Soup is a fun and engaging story that supplies you with the tools you need to build a winning team-at work, school, or home.
This is an excellent story, with clearly defined action steps to strengthening your team, company... Culture. Worth every minute !Published 15 days ago by Misti Burmeister
Hats off to Gordon for a terrifically readable book. So much learning. Need to read it over (and you will) several times to be sure you let it all sink in. Read morePublished 29 days ago by margaret luttinger
I love all of Jon Gordon's books and this one was a great one.. he's using average situations and turns it into great learning for managers and executives and people... Awesome! Read morePublished 2 months ago by erica waasdorp
Love this book and recommend it to anyone with a job, who wants a job, or who is part of a team.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Although I don't currently have a company with employees, I found the book to be very interesting. It was a quick, easy read and I got a lot of good tips about how to work with a... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Barbara Langdorf
I would recommend this book because it is a fast read and has good lessons. Much of the book is common sense, but it is put together to reiterate how important is to execute what... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mrs mjl
Jon Gordon once again leads you through the steps to build a great company. His narrative style make the book an easy read. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Stanley Crounse