The Energy Bus provides a fantastic process, using set
principles, to motivate and infuse you and your team members with highly positive energy.
Great leaders understand that positive thinking is key to a healthy work environment - one that encourages creativity, teamwork and productivity.
When a leader arrives at work, you have a choice. You can catch people doing things
right, or you can catch them doing things wrong.
Guess which of those two activities energizes people more?
"Every morning you have a choice. Are you going to be a positive thinker or a negative thinker? You have only one ride through life so doesn't it make more sense to do your level best to make it a positive experience?"
In the style of other best selling business fables, Jon Gordon author of The Energy Bus,
takes readers on an inspiring journey that reveals ten secrets for
successfully addressing life and work with a quality approach that
Gordon reminds managers that it is up to them to make sure team members understand who is actually driving the bus; where the bus is
going; and what it takes to be permitted to remain riding on the bus.
In other words, each team member needs to clearly determine whether or not he or she is getting on the bus for the
entire journey or not.
In the following video the author shares a personal story about how being positive doesn't always come naturally for him, but how he's learned to overcome negativity, adversity and challenges by committing to a more positive way of thinking.
Key Points On Riding The Energy Bus
Gordon is a strong proponent that in order to ensure
positive energy on the bus, the bus driver must make certain that the
journey is “fun” for all the passengers.
He provides a few key points for leaders to
ensure a fun bus ride for all:
Always keep in mind that the journey needs to be a
positive experience - your people should be having fun, in a way that
The journey does not always have to be so laborious that people perceive it to be painful or difficult.
Check in with your team often and ask them how we can
maintain fun in the workplace but in a way that promotes increased
Ask team members what ideas they have for maintaining a fun and healthy work environment.
Be sure to continually remind yourself and the team that the
ultimate win is to achieve the top priorities and goals while
maintaining a smile on your face. It’s not just about achieving the
goal, it's also about who you and your team members become in the
Managers must learn how to successfully navigate adversity and
potholes along the way.
Expect that every great team, including your
own, will face adversity, challenges, and struggles along the journey.
Every great team will be tested, but great teams don’t let flat tires
stop them from reaching their destination.
"The world would be a much better place if we all focused on being
positive. Gordon is ‘the Pastor of Positive Energy’ and I’m one of his
- Danny Gans, Las Vegas Entertainer of the Year
10 Rules For The Ride Of Your Life
The book is summarized very nicely with a complete list of “10 Rules For
The Ride Of Your Life”.
The rules include key points such as:
"People rarely succeed long-term unless they are having fun in what they are doing."
You are the driver of your bus
Desire, vision and focus move your bus in the right direction
Fuel your ride with positive energy
Invite People on your bus and share your vision for the road ahead.
One of the best rules mentioned includes Rule #5 - "Don’t waste your
energy on those who don’t get on your bus", and Rule #6 – "Post a sign
that says NO ENERGY VAMPIRES ALLOWED on your bus".
Watch Gordon explain all about those pesky Energy Vampires below...
Who's Allowed On The Bus?
To be on the bus, leaders should make clear to all team members that they will he held accountable to meet some basic expectations.
There are a limited number of seats on the bus so in order to reserve a seat each team member is responsible to come to work each and every day; be there on purpose, work hard, produce results, and be a fully engaged and positive member of the team.
No one should be allowed to opt out,
EVERYONE who gets on the bus, must be fully committed and willing to
participate at 100%.