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The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy

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The Energy Bus, an international best seller by Jon Gordon, takes readers on an enlightening and inspiring ride that reveals 10 secrets for approaching life and work with the kind of positive, forward thinking that leads to true accomplishment - at work and at home. Jon infuses this engaging story with keen insights as he provides a powerful roadmap to overcome adversity a ...more
Hardcover, 172 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Wiley
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Anita
Apr 01, 2010 added it
Shelves: non-fiction-read
Why is it that I hate business self-help books written by motivational speakers? Is it because I receive them from my employer? Is it because I look at the $21.95 price tag for an hour reading and think "Why can't I get on this gravy train?" Is it because the grammar mistakes make me scream: "This publisher has illiterate editors!"? Is it because they take attributes I actually believe in and trivialize them? Is it because I hate anything that has a mission statement?
Perhaps. But the most impor
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Mary Overton
I work for a public school system. We are out for the summer. As we staff members joyfully fled the building, we were handed this book for summer reading. Evidently, next school year, we can anticipate fun activities based on the book's theme and message. Here is the email I sent my principal.

Dear ______,
You've been a great boss this year. I appreciate your sense of purpose, your pragmatic way of getting things done, and the support you give your staff.

But, oh my. I just finished reading THE ENE
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Sarah
Jan 26, 2011 rated it did not like it
I was required to read this book by my principal. This book reminded me a bit of another book I listened to last summer on CD, A Complaint Free World. Both books are brimming with painfully uncreative (because they're so blatantly obvious) extended metaphors that one could surmise the meanings of without reading or listening to the book one iota. Their intention is purposeful and righteous, but the method of communicating the ideas just doesn't motivate me.

When I read self-help books, I like th
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Dorea
Feb 17, 2013 rated it liked it
The underlying message of the book is positive, if delivered in a pedestrian manner. Reading this book is like having someone beat you over the head repeatedly with a metaphor.

My main complaint which overrides most of the positives from the book is the same thing with all this author's works--the religious themes that go along with it. If this book is supposed to inspire workers to work hard, then it should not assume us all to be Christian. As a non-believer I see what my company was going for
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Julie
Feb 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
FML I am on a short bus to hell..
TheCruz
Mar 02, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: businessbites
The book seemed to rehash many age old values into a parable style that seemed under developed and haphazardly put together. What the story lacked in depth it made up for in monotony. So I'm thankful it was very short. At times it seemed so blatant in it's reuse of "The Secret" and Covey teachings that I felt bad for them. It's very religious narrative and constant reiteration of providence was a bit off putting, especially if it's supposed to be a book used by businesses to help emerging leader ...more
Dianna
Jun 05, 2010 rated it did not like it
this book is just painful. the latest thing for managers to do, it would seem, is pass around these business fable books -- fairy tales for the cubicle world -- and they are just plain BAD. badly written by motivational speakers with product tie-ins, these facile little tales take common sense ideas and turn them into Words Of Wisdom which are apparently supposed to lance their eternal truths into our souls through a folksy tale written at the fourth grade level. i can only hold out the hope tha ...more
Kim
Aug 19, 2010 rated it it was ok
The message is a good one in this short book, but it is a real shame that the editing (or lack thereof) is such a distraction. Wiley Publishing should be ashamed of themselves for the horrendous job they did... there's no excuse for the lack of commas (several passages could be used in the next "Eats Shoots and Leaves" edition) and very blatant errors throughout.
Jacob Proffitt
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
I read this for a work thing, even though we already had the discussion group and I could probably have gotten away with "forgetting". Conscientious, that's me.

Anyway, this is an extended conversion fable walking us through the fictional "George" who needs to turn his life around or be fired and lose his wife and family. He's such a grump, is George, and all that negative energy is killing his relationships. Good thing he gets on the bus after his car breaks down and meets "Joy" the bus driver w
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Drew England
Nov 16, 2011 rated it did not like it
I'm not an energy vampire this book is just bad.
Ryan
Jul 06, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: general-nonfic
I had to read The Energy Bus for work and am so sad to see that works rife with neuromyths and quasi-scientific nonsense are still being peddled throughout school districts and other businesses throughout the country. The whole premise of the book can be boiled down to this: if you are positive you will attract positivity to your life, which you are in control of, but only when you're positive. What makes things worse is the author's poorly written parable that he uses to explain all of his "rul ...more
Peggy
Apr 08, 2015 rated it did not like it
I'm not typically a fan of corny self-help books, but this was recommended, and I support the message of positive energy, so I gave it a try. I didn't hate this book, but geez...it is just SO corny and contrived and simplified. The fictional story of a positive energy guru driving an actual bus (yes, the conceit is that obvious) carrying passengers who are positive energy converts is kind of lame, and the few references to actual scientific and social research are not expanded in any detail. The ...more
Roxana Simonet
Feb 04, 2015 rated it did not like it
Forced to read it for work. Slammed head into desk. I'm not a third grader.
Emily
Dec 11, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I saw this title while browsing for some audio books to download for my commute. This was only 3 hours long, and I'd had lots of people ask about it in my bookselling days so it jumped out at me. I'd never read any "business fables" (or "business jerk books" as I always mentally referred to them), so I thought it would be interesting to see what all the hype was about. I'm truly not sure why or how I made it through all three hours, but wow. If books like this are keeping America's corporations ...more
Gordon
Sep 14, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: work
A self-help book that uses a fable about an individual who is having difficulties seeing the positive aspects of life and is ultimately told basic life concepts to get over the bump in the road. Part of the problem is that these concepts are nothing new, the fable is poorly conceived (the writing, characters and "logic" are terrible--I know those are not the main purpose of the book, but they are very obvious), and businesses should focus on team building exorcises rather than wasting their mone ...more
Erica
Sep 28, 2014 rated it did not like it
Oversimplification of suggested action if one needs to address severe cultural problems. Calling dissenters wolves and vampires doesn't address problems. Maybe the leader is unethical and should not be allowed to drive a bus?? It would be good for those in a rut who want some quick encouragement and don't want to read something substantial. A few good nuggets of trite advice in an overly simplistic format.
Kara
Mar 21, 2009 rated it did not like it
Had to read this book for work - it was passed around as part of the 'managers' series of books we share.
All ideas one could already know based upon reading siginificantly better written 'energizing your self and your team' books.
Also, don't bother reading if you don't like mixing god and mgmt style.
Sami
Aug 01, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: forced-to-read
Would have been a nice pamphlet.
Ангѣлъ
Jan 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Чудесно надъхваща книга! Думата е: енергезираща. За разлика от наръчниците за „работещи“ екипи, тук няма да намерим дълги списъци с правила и инструкции как се изгражда екип, който работи. Напротив, ще намерим себе си, разпознавайки демотивацията, недоволството, лошото настроение, липсата на енергия. Книгата зарежда с ентусиазъм, показвайки как можем да реагираме на събитията, че можем да бъдем активната страна, която ги движи; че промяната започва от нас и ние я предаваме на хората около себе с ...more
Leslie Selvaggi
Mar 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE :)
This book was first given to me (and the rest of my co-workers) by our school principal. I was very reluctant to read it because self-help books typically do not hold my interest very well. My mom had read it and told me that I should too. As soon as I began reading this book, I found it difficult to put down. It was a very quick read and made me look at everyday situations in a more positive way. I would suggest this book to anyone who needs a new perspective on life and work. Stay away from "e ...more
Sarah Churchill
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: self-development
An easy read, probably a one-sitting job for most people. There's a layer of cheesiness you have to scrape away to really let the message in, but I like that it's presented in the form of a fictional story. It's all pretty exaggerated (the people on that bus drank the coolaid HARD) but it works in the way that it helps you to relate to the situations and apply it to your own; whether it be work, life, career or whatever.

It's a pretty well-rounded lesson on positivity and perspective, how your a
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Moh
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story about what it takes to maintain positive energy

I really liked this fictional story. It talks about George who sees everything negatively from his lens, whether it's his family, marriage, and career. The story takes place on a bus, which is a metaphor for life and all its paths. It emphasizes the importance of maintaining a high level of energy in everything you do, and staying away from low-energy and negative folks (also called Energy Vampires). It also highlights the ripple effect
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Alex Schmidt
Just finished this amazing audio book! It made me feel so positive and I loved it so much that I listened to it in 3 days! It went over a lot of things I already knew, but it was a great refresher and great for anyone just starting their business. The narrator is great too and really sets a positive tone. After finishing, I realized the author is the same as the one who wrote Training Camp! No wonder I liked it so much!
Hamid Hosseini
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
این کتاب از آن دسته کتابهایی هست که شاید یکبار بخونیم ولی همیشه باید گوشه ذهنمون داشته باشیم و به کار ببندیمش. این کتاب به ما یاد میدهد که روند زندگی خودمان و حتی اطرافیانمان به مقدار خیلی خیلی زیادی به خود ما و نگرش ما به وقایع و بهطور کلی زندگی هست. بهکسانی که تو زندگی یک کمی بدبین و معترض هستند، حتما توصیه میشود ... ...more
Mckeda Knight
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
When life throws you lemons make lemonade! This quote in its simplicity is full of meaning and summarizes this entire story titled The Energy Bus.. George an employee of the NRG Light Bulb Company he, is experiencing some pretty hard times. His job is on the line, his marriage has lost its flavor and is on the brink of collapse, to top things off, at the beginning of a brand new week he woke up to a nonfunctional car. George wondered why so many bad things had been happening to him, he was grump ...more
Iroquois
I gave this book 3 stars because it was neither terrible nor great, and 3 seemed to be the middle of road score.
Overall, I liked and even believe in many of the concepts Jon Gordon discusses.

However, there were also many pitfalls in it since this is meant to be a management/professional book. The main issue I had was its use of "God" in the steps. It's not appropriate in a workplace unless that workplace is a religious environment, otherwise employees that are atheists or just plain not into sp
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Jeff
Dec 13, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-book-list
I liked this book. A little cheesy but some good points about positive energy.

Here are some takeaways:

"The illusion is that we live in a physical world. The universe is made of energy. Einstein taught us that. Anything that is matter is energy so all the physical stuff we seen and even our own bodies are made of energy. This is an energetic universe, and everything about us is energy."

"More people die Monday morning at 9 a.m. than any other time."

"I am not bound to win, I am bound to be true
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Charlos
Jun 04, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Prime example of why authors shouldn't always read their own books. And why some authors shouldn't write their own books. This seems like a half-day (tops)seminar that was padded out into a book and website (the website gets promoted in the book). And maybe that seminar was just padded out from the ten rules. The air is thin in the Energy Bus, not only because these guidelines have been presented before in more effective manners multiple times, but that the book has characters in it singing (som ...more
Jenn
Oct 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
Ug. I haven't been so annoyed at reading a book since they made us read Who Moved My Cheese? at work. Okay, so first, I got this as a rec from my WW leader. A few weeks ago, she recced a book called The Power of Habit. I figured I'd give it a go if I didn't have to spend any money on it and could get it at the library. They had it. I read it. It was pretty good. So, when she mentioned another one, I figured she was right about the first one, so I'd see if the library had this one too. The best t ...more
Jackson Woodard
Feb 17, 2014 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one.
A glorified self-help book told through a fictional narrative of a executive manager in the business world. This book addresses many principles as truth, including a "higher power," the "law of attraction," and mentioning "God" several times without any biblical foundation.

This book has been in my library for some time, and I wish I would have read more into the content of the book before I began reading it. Thirty-four, two-three page chapters told in a third-person view of a man named George
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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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