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The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy Hardcover – January 22, 2007

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‘…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)

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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.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (January 22, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470100281
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470100288
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.7 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (819 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jon Gordon's best-selling books and talks have inspired readers and audiences around the world. His principles have been put to the test by numerous NFL, NBA, and college coaches and teams, Fortune 500 companies, school districts, hospitals and non-profits. He is the author of The Wall Street Journal bestseller "The Energy Bus," "The No Complaining Rule," "Training Camp," "The Shark" and "The Goldfish," "Soup: A Recipe to Nourish Your Team and Culture," and his latest book "The Seed: Finding Purpose and Happiness in Life and Work."

Jon and his tips have been featured on The Today Show, CNN, Fox and Friends and in numerous magazines and newspapers. His clients include The Atlanta Falcons, Campbell Soup, Wells Fargo, State Farm, Novartis, Bayer and more.

When he's not running through airports or speaking to businesses, hospitals or school leaders, you can find him playing tennis or lacrosse with his wife and two "high energy" children.

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184 of 186 people found the following review helpful By D. Kanigan VINE VOICE on December 10, 2008
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Middle aged man comes home one day and starts to take stock of his life - he is failing at his job, in his marriage and with his kids. One day his car breaks down on his way to work and he has to take the bus to work - he meets a bus driver and passengers who force him to reflect on his life and a better way forward. The author, through this parable, reveals "10 secrets" for success in life, at home and in work that lead to fulfillment and accomplishment. The 10 rules:

1) You're the driver of your bus
2) Desire, vision, and focus move your bus in the right direction
3) Fuel your ride with positive energy (negative energy is friction)
4) Invite people on your bus and share your vision for the road ahead
5) Don't waste your energy on those who don't get on your bus
6) Post a sign that says no energy vampires allowed on your bus (get rid of the malcontents)
7) Enthusiasm attracts more passengers and energizes them for the ride
8) Love your passengers by giving them your time, listening, recognition, service - work to bring out the best in them
9) Drive with purpose
10) Have fun and enjoy the ride

My assessment:

1) Easy to read, can finish in one 2 hour sitting

2) Initially comes off as "too cute" but author manages to pull you in with a simple but powerful message with some basic plays in a ground game that can win

3)Applicable to all ages from teenager on up

4)If you like parables, you'll love the story's messages. If not, you'll wonder why you didn't just jump to the excellent outline recap in the back of the book.
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145 of 157 people found the following review helpful By Cindy Brock VINE VOICE on April 22, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I am the editor for a national newsletter and was approached to read this book to do a potential review for our readers. While I generally don't have the time to read everything I'm sent, I did glance at the first few pages of this book and, as the saying goes, "that's all she wrote."

First, the book is very easy to read and it can be read in small increments. In fact, I recommend you read a chapter a day to get the full affect. I found myself looking forward to taking 10 minutes and finding out what was going to happen next. (You would think I was talking about a mystery novel, huh?)

Second, the characters are amazing. These are people you would meet on the street (or a bus in this case). These are people you work with. These are people you have to interact with. These are REAL people doing REAL people things.

Next, the delivery of the underlying premise is excellent. This is not just a "here's your tip, now good luck making it work for you" book. Jon shows you what the main character does to change his life around the tips. He shows you the good, the bad, and the ugly - but in a wonderful way.

Finally, you will be different after you read it. I'm trying to not give away the story because I want you to experience it first hand. However, here's an hint at an example: there is a term used to describe certain people in your life. Once you've read the book, you'll be able to spot these people in a heartbeat and you will "drive a stake through their heart" for good. (My lips are sealed beyond read the book to find out who these people are called!)

Now, the above was my editor's hat, quick review. Let me tell you what this did in my real life.
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49 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Eikenberry on April 9, 2007
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I love this book.

Jon Gordon has written a simple life parable that is as applicable to my eight year old (I'm reading it to her now) as it is to any adult. This parable gets you to think about the importance of positive energy in your life and how it affects every part of your life.

As a story it is engaging and fun to read, but it also mirrors real life. The story isn't all rose-colored glasses; it helps you think about your own personal habits and what hard choices might be required in order to create and maintain energy in your life.

The story is structured around 10 Rules that are easy to remember and extremely valuable. As the book ends it offers more than just a summary - it provides an action plan to help you implement each of the rules in both your work and personal life.

As I said, I am reading this book to my daughter, and I've recommended it to clients who are working on their organizational culture as well. I cannot say that about too many books - and feel that it will really be useful to both audiences - but I can say it about The Energy Bus.

If you want more energy and if you want better results (or both) I urge you to get on the Bus!
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Robert David STEELE Vivas HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 22, 2007
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There are some great reviews below, I am doing this one both for my own notes, and to flag the book for those that follow my reading.

I've been looking over around six books on "positives" and this is clearly one of the top ones. We cannot get enough of this kind of insight, especially since most of us have been trained from birth with the war, scarcity, competition metaphor.

This is a double-spaced fast read. I recommend it be read along with Focus on the Good Stuff: The Power of Appreciation and A Complaint Free World: How to Stop Complaining and Start Enjoying the Life You Always Wanted, both of which I have also reviewed.

CEO Take-Away: Managing the Energy away from negative and toward positive is a big part of your job.

The book has an excellent story to open, and I am learning that the story, not "just the facts" is much more powerful in getting others to receive and embrace new ideas.

+ Everything happens for a reason, make the most of it.

+ The ones who most need help are the most closed off.

+ Love life, live in the moment.

The 10 rules:
01 You're the driver
02 Desire, vision, and focus TOGETHER
03 Positive energy is fuel (negative energy are the brakes)
04 Invite others to SHARE your ride
05 Don't waste energy on those who do NOT want to share your ride.
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