Feb 27, 2015 / Book Reviews

Book Review: The Energy Bus | Jon Gordon

This is a great book that I read for the first time over two years ago right before I started working for Impact. It was part of their required reading for any new team members and it was a great introduction to the culture they were developing. This book has helped me professionally and relationally in many ways.

The premise of the book centers around George who’s life is changed when he starts implementing the 10 rules of positive energy at his work. It’s a very easy read and while some of it seems cheesy I think it actually works!

Without having worked in multiple corporate environments I’m hardly one to speak on corporate culture and make dramatic statements so I’ll only comment on what I’ve seen at my company. I think this book has been extremely helpful in shaping the culture into a healthy environment where people enjoy the work they do and the people they’re around.

Yes, every job will have it’s downside and everyone has those people they don’t like working with. But the principles in this book are very helpful in turning those parts of the work day into positives and learning to not let the negatives drag you down.

A few of my favorite quotes from the book:

Thoughts are magnetic. What we think about, we attract. What we think about expands and grows. What we put our energy and attention on starts to show up more in our life. (42)

Your positive energy and vision must be greater than anyone’s and everyone’s negativity. Your certainty must be greater than everyone’s doubt. (77)

God keeps breaking your heart until it opens…Every struggle, every challenge, every adversity brings you closer to your heart, to your true self, to who you really are. Sometimes you got to be broken down to the point where you feel powerless to discover your ultimate and true power. (99)

Five Ways to Love Your Passengers (124)

  1. Make Time for Them
  2. Listen to Them
  3. Recognize Them
  4. Serve Them
  5. Bring Out the Best in Them

This book is a great read for anyone who wants to get more out of their work environment or even just their relationships in general. I think it’s a great tool for managers to use to learn how to best motivate and improve the people on their team.