The Energy Bus

I recently read the book, “The Energy Bus” by Jon Gordon. It is an interesting read and offers ten rules for infusing your life, work and team with positive energy. The book is in the style of a fable that takes readers on an inspiring and insightful ride while revealing ten rules for life and work.

It's Monday morning and George walks out of his home to his car and finds a flat tire. Great way to start the week, but this is probably the least of his problems. His home and family life is in shambles, while his team at work is disillusioned and looking set to fail. With a big new product launch coming up in just two weeks, George has to find a way to pull it off or risk losing both his job and marriage. Trying to fix the flat tire shows up other problems with the car requiring additional repairs that literally force George to take the bus to work. Here, he meets a special bus driver and a diverse mix of co-passengers who, over the course of two weeks, share the ten rules for his life and work. During this process, they help George turn around his work and life from failure and destruction.

As the book says, everyone faces challenges. And every person, organization, company and team has to overcome negativity and adversity to define themselves and create their success. No one goes through life untested and the answer to these tests is positive energy; the kind of positive energy that consists of the vision, trust, optimism, enthusiasm, purpose and spirit that defines great leaders and their dreams. The book provides an actionable plan for overcoming life and work obstacles and bringing out the best in yourself and your team.

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

1.    You’re the Driver of the 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 Vampires 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.