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Soup: A Recipe to Create a Culture of Greatness Hardcover – May 24, 2010
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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.
- From the bestselling author of The Energy Bus, The No Complaining Rule, and Training Camp
- Find out how culture drives behavior, behavior drives habits, and habits deliver results
- Create relationships that are the foundation upon which successful careers and winning teams are built
- Features quick takeaways you can use to invest in your people, build trust, create unity, and enhance engagement
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.
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Why it matters who's stirring the pot
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 teamat work, school, or home.
Top Customer Reviews
The foundation in which it lays out that people are first is a testimate to all those people who know that without the people engagement we are hopeless.
I encourage you to get this book and read and reflect on the meaning in which the author is conveying. If you purchase this book I don't think you will be sorry.
If you follow this books guidlines I know you will experience the power of the people.
Jon Gordon does an excellent job of breaking down the "How to Build a Culture of Greatness" in life and business, no matter where you are on the leadership ladder. It is simple and very easy to relate to.
The core of the book relies on comparing Culture to making Soup. The most important ingredient is the person stirring the pot. Though not a step by step guide on how to build/change your work culture, it is definitely a book that will give you an easy way to get yourself thinking about how influential you can be in creating a culture of excellence and success.
Give it a shot, it will only take you 8hrs to read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Was required reading for my department. It served for me as a friendly reminder of successful way to operate yourself and your department and was a refresher on good Leadership.Published 21 days ago by Randy McCoy
As a coach of a high school girls team I feel like this has helped me focus on how to create a better culture in my program.Published 1 month ago by Sarah McLaughlin
Good ideas and intend to read more of Jon's books to enable myself and my team to perform betterPublished 2 months ago by Donald Sylvester
Another great book from a great author and now one of my favoritesPublished 2 months ago by Ed Finlan