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The Energy Bus

By Jon Gordon

What if there were a way to influence everything else around you? What if this influence was accessible to everyone and had no monetary cost? A flat tire one morning in George's spinning world leads him on bus number 11 where his journey is changed forever. 


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What if there were a way to influence everything else around you? What if this influence was accessible to everyone and had no monetary cost? 

A flat tire one morning in George’s spinning world leads him on bus number 11 where his journey is forever changed. The bus driver has a special philosophy for everyone on the bus; the main cause for their crossed paths…it’s no accident they have arrived on bus number 11.

In Jon Gordon’s ‘The Energy Bus,’ an influence of positive energy is taught to George and other passengers through the bus driver, Joy.

Just as you become a more skilled golfer by playing more often, you also develop the skill of positive energy by practicing. The more you do it, the more natural it becomes.

- Jon Gordon, "The Energy Bus"

“More people die on Monday morning at 9:00 am than any other time,” says Gordon. There is a way to change this fate, however, if people seek out opportunities to take hold of being a C.E.O. in their communities, workplace and personal life. No, this isn’t the leadership position ‘Chief Executive Officer’ (CEO) or the company president. Rather, the C.E.O. in this sense is the ‘Chief Energy Officer.’ To be a successful CEO one must tap into the ideas of ‘The Energy Bus’ which assist in making work a more positive community and environment to be a part of each day.

I am not bound to win, I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to the light that I have.

- Jon Gordon, "The Energy Bus"

In the book, Jon shares the 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work and Team with Positive Energy:

  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.
  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 VAMPIRE ALLOWED on your bus.
  7. Enthusiasm attracts more passengers and energizes them during the ride.
  8. Love your passengers.
  9. Drive with purpose.
  10. Have fun and enjoy the ride.

Repetition is the key, and the more you focus on the positive energy the more it becomes your natural state. So when someone comes at you with negativity you will just be able to respond with strength and positive energy.

- Jon Gordon, "The Energy Bus"

I’ve been in the leadership development business for over 30 years, and the greatest rewards in this work has been to instill confidence within the leadership of an organization, improve the employee experience and, best of all, send everyone home to their friends and families at the end of the day feeling positive and valued.

At the essence of who we are as human beings, we each want to be valued and regarded. We want to be among people who care about us. And we want to be in places where we have the feeling and security that we belong.

Recommendation by Theresa Custer

Managing Director, Living As A Leader®

Theresa Custer’s leadership experience spans more than 30 years, including more than a decade at the executive level. With expertise in operations management, she excelled as managing director for two large companies, managing staff of more than 500 in multiple venues nationwide.

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Without a doubt, this is one of my favorite books.  I’ve shared it with many of the leaders I’ve coached over the past few years.  The book is written as a story, instead of a textbook, and it’s a story that most of us can really relate to in our professional and personal lives.  It’s written from the perspective of a mid-level manager named George who is attempting to lead a team of unengaged and dissatisfied employees.

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