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1.0 out of 5 stars Takes a Tired Analogy and Turns It Into a Poorly-Written Parable, February 6, 2012
This review is from: The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy (Hardcover)
The idea of getting a work team "on the same bus" has been around for years, and was notably used as an analogy in Jim Collins' Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't. In this book, Gordon's bus is one full of positive energy or "E-motion".

A scant 157 pages (many of which are mostly or completely white space), this book is a quick read. Unfortunately, the book still manages to lack an economy of words -- due to the story being told as a parable, it largely seems as if Gordon was "filling space" by writing about the way a fictional character looked or whether or not the family dog enjoyed a good petting.

This may be all well and good for a one-hour public speaking engagement (which Gordon pimps in his parable), but this book cannot be seriously recommended for anyone who has even a modicum of management or supervisory experience. The takeaways: Prefer positive people over negative ones, be positive yourself, have a purpose, and communicate it clearly to your team. There, I just saved you ten bucks.

Instead of providing practical guidance to implement these steps, Gordon weaves a fictional story in which a self-imploding individual, threatened with both the loss of his job and divorce, turned things around to become a star manager and loving husband in two short weeks. Why wouldn't Gordon offer specific steps? Perhaps because then you wouldn't download his "action plan" for $12.

Clearly, this was the poorest-written business book I've ever read. Save your time and energy and read something with more substance.
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Initial post: Feb 6, 2014 8:22:06 AM PST
Keith Klein says:
You clearly despised this title. You close saying, "Save your time and energy and read something with more substance." Suggest alternatives...then I could rate your review helpful.

Posted on Aug 2, 2014 12:40:52 PM PDT
S. Andrews says:
Somebody must be an energy vampire.
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