- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (January 22, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470100281
- ISBN-13: 978-0470100288
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,259 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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)
From the Inside Flap
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 accomplishmentat 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 energythe 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.
For more information, please visit www.TheEnergyBus.com
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It would totally be 5 stars to me if the ending hadn't been so corporate/work focused. There was also a checklist in the back which, at least for me, makes things feel contrived (steps for a "courageous conversation" anyone?). The author does a good job talking throughout the book about being genuine with each rule, but every time I see someone create a checklist it seems to open the door for a change in words rather than the necessary change in heart. The "said some encouraging fluff to my colleague and didn't word my discontent as a complaint. - CHECK!" mentality is never really enough to change a climate. So although he does a nice job addressing this throughout the reading, I hesitate to bring the checklist to the team I lead at work, and even more so to my family, for fear it will become, "but I gave you a complement, you should be fine!"
...possibly too many years of growing up with a psychologist parent in my younger years - choose to ignore this negative wolf if these methods work for your context. I think it's worth it to read the book, it's a good story, regardless, and only around $10 on Amazon Kindle so you can read it on your own bus to work :)
I wish I could say I blew through the book in an hour but unfortunately with a job, a business, wife, two young kids and a dog, trying to find more than ten minutes to read at a time can be a challenge. Reading it slowly gave me more time to ponder the ideas and really enjoy the story.
The minute I finished the book I could not wait to share it with everyone I know but I especially wanted to share it my wife/business partner first. She too loves to read business books but as a true workaholic she struggles even more than I do to find the time. Fortunately we had a long weekend in Key West planned so I was optimistic that she would be able to find the time to do some reading. Plus I was confident that once she started the book she wouldn't be able to put it down. Despite my encouraging "get on the bus" chant all weekend long, boats, bars and beaches got the best of us and no reading was accomplished.
In an unusual event for our family my wife offered to drive the first leg of the trip home, in 20 plus years together, her driving hasn't happened more than a dozen times. Well with the car loaded up with luggage, my in laws, two daughters and wife behind the wheel we started our 4 hour trip home.
On a lark I picked up "The Energy Bus" and began to read out loud, whole expediting to be told to be quite and put the radio on before I got through the first chapter. To my surprise not only was I not told to stop but I was not allowed to stop. The four passengers each took turns reading chapters aloud. My eight year old daughter loved reading the rules aloud and my golf loving father in law took the one good golf shot chapter to heart. The trip flew by and by the time we arrived home there were three pages left in the book. We all ran into the house to finish it.
I have read many great books in my life but never have I ever experienced anything like that trip home. To bond with my family over your book was the highlight of my vacation and something I will never forget.
I apologize if this incredibly long letter has rambled on for too long but I just wanted you to know what a profound affect and great experience your work provided.