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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

Challenging times require leaders who can lead others through the challenges. Now more than ever we need great leadership in our government, schools, businesses, hospitals and organizations. Good leadership won’t suffice. We need great leadership. There is a difference.

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 team—at work, school, or home.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (May 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470487844
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470487846
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.7 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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You'll see this review for all the Jon Gordon books I read. I actually bought "Training Camp" first, because I wanted my daughter (competitive soccer player) to work on her mental game. I read it first to be sure it was appropriate for her age (15). Well, I loved it! I found many helpful things for me. I was getting in a rut at my job and after looking inside myself, it seemed as though I was always angry and frustrated. I reached a point where I decided to change my outlook on everything, and whatever happens externally, happens. After Training Camp, I read the entire Jon Gordon series. They are very easy reading, regardless of age level (teens and up). People might complain that his books are too basic, but if you don't need a PHD to understand something, why write it like you need one? Each book has very simple steps and/or lessons to move you in the right direction. They didn't all work for me, but they all changed my outlook. Great stuff!
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While this book reviews basic principles that we all know it is the way in which the story is told tha truly grabs you.
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.
Enjoy !!!!!!!
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This was a book I chose for a college class book review. It is quick easy reading filled with words of wisdom on how to lead your team. I intend to read this book several times over be cause it was so good. It is written as a fictional story with pearls of leadership points throughout.
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This was a really good book....I read it with a group/conference calls and we worked through it together....I had quite a few "aha" moments in it and have used some of the ideas in my business. Fast read.
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I like the simplicity of the method of Gordon's books and how they all seem to build on one another. If you haven't read them all then get them and read them now. It will change your life. The Truths of Life are simple and yet they are Truths for Life. Get the most out of your life and read his books. Thanks Mr. Gordon for your openness and sharing!
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Out of the several books I have read on leadership related topics (Maxwell, Wooden, Pitino, Marshall Goldsmith, Carnegie...), this book is the one I remember the most, and the one that I understood on the first read.

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.
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I wanted something light that would get the message of the importance of team building and engagement at work without being too preachy and this was a perfect fit. I gave one to each of my employees, the executive team, and my colleagues at work. The feedback has all been positive and it gives us some common references when talking about team building. I recommend this to anyone who wants to introduce these concepts for the first time.
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If you have read any of Jon Gordon's book, you will love this one. It is written in the inspirational novel format where a story line is used to develop a very practical business model. When cooking soup, all kinds of ingredients are used but as the book points out, the outcome is determined by the love and inspiration of the person who "stirs the pot". I am extremely thankful that I work for a company that could have been used by Gordon as an almost perfect example of the business model depicted. This is simply a good book that will cause you to think about your current business practices and what they could or should be instead of what they might currently be. "Gymbeaux"
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