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The No Complaining Rule: Positive Ways to Deal with Negativity at Work

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Negativity in the workplace costs businesses billions of dollars and impacts the morale, productivity and health of individuals and teams. "In "The No Complaining Rule: Positive Ways to Deal with Negativity at Work," Jon Gordon, a bestselling author, consultant and speaker, shares an enlightening story that demonstrates how you can conquer negativity and inspire others to ...more
ebook, 176 pages
Published September 15th 2008 by Wiley (first published January 1st 2008)
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Aug 31, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The No Complaining Rule Positive Ways to Deal with Negativity at Work by Jon Gordon

My book club selected this book after a manager at our company recommended it. To be clear, we picked it as a joke. I went in thinking I'd give it a good skim and a chuckle. I was wrong. This book sucked me in immediately because of HOW COMPLETELY TERRIBLE IT IS. I had to continue reading for entertainment. Allow me to share with you some of my favorite worst passages in this atrocious excuse for a book.

Exhibit A: Some fantastically awful character descriptions:
"He was a fast-talking northeast
Jun 19, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is a light and insubstantial little book that tells us what we all probably already know: positivity breeds a better work environment. The book presents a quick action plan to weed out negativity in the work place. I'll save you the cheesy (and at times really sexist) novella: 1: understand the cost of negativity, 2: understand the no complaining rule, 3: define justified complaining vs mindless, 4: identify your complaint/solution process, 5: act on that process, 6: celebrate successes, 7: ...more
Apr 05, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
It definitely did read a bit like an after school special - I could even imagine the accompanying music. And towards the end I did feel very 'blah blah syrup syrup' THE END. BUT - the principle is marvelous. That workplaces lose efficiency due to mindless complaining and that being able to foster and grow a more positive environment was crucial to success. Love the idea, which can be summed up in the quote below, but didn't like the fable way it was shared.

Employees are not allowed to min
Lindsay Nixon
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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4.25 stars // this book came at just the right time for me. It's not a new idea, "turn a complaint into a solution" but it was well explained against the backdrop of a personal story that is compelling and relatable. It's a slim book (2 hours at most). For anyone that's in a crisis or having a hard time, reading this book will bring a sliver of light back into a dark time and help change your circumstances immediately. It's definitely got some cheesemo going on, but the cheesy quirkiness is part ...more
I feel like this author did some meaningful research, came up with useful strategies, and then realized that books are supposed to be more than three pages. Seriously, this is a very simple suggestion to live life more positively buried in an absurdly cheesy story.
Elham Kohestani
A good book to read in case you are surrounded by negative thoughts or if you are continually wasting your time on complaining about the situation you are, the problems you are facing with etc. The good point about the book is that it can be applied both in working life and personal life.
Mar 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kind of cheesy story, but a really good idea. Now to implement this at work and in life...
Hi Guys!

One of you…. You know who you are…. Shared a VERY inspirational book with me today that I was compelled to share with all of you. It is called The No Complaining Rule by Jon Gordon. It is a story about a woman who has lots of things going amiss in her life- we all have that number right! ;) Anyhow…. At work things heat up and simultaneously she finds out that she needs to go to the hospital for some important tests because she might have breast cancer. What could be worse???? She is angr
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We all complain! Every one of us is guilty of this habit, but why? Why is it so easy to complain and focus on the negative instead of the positive? Why can't we offer solutions to problems instead of complaining about them? This book offers great insight into complaining, and what can be done to end this frustrating habit!
Loy Machedo
Dec 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Of all the years, first as an employee and then as a professional trainer and speaker, I have never come across any company that had its employees & employers not complain about each other.
Almost every company has this problem. Not just company. Every family, every relationship and everyone else.
In fact you don’t have to go very far.
If you have anyone that closely resembles anything like me (apart from all the ink all over my body) working in your company, it would be highly profitable fo
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Jon Gordon is an American business consultant and author on the topics of leadership, culture, sales, and teamwork.

Jon Gordon's best-selling books and talks have inspired readers and audiences around the world. His principles have been put to the test by numerous NFL, NBA, and college coaches and teams, Fortune 500 companies, school districts, hospitals and non-profits. He is the author of The Wal
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