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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Who Is Your CEO?

I want to highly recommend to my readers The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon, a book told as a business parable from the perspective of a manager (George) who is leading a team heading nowhere. His car breaks down so for two weeks he ends up riding a city bus with a positive motivation guru at the wheel and a group of “energy” converts as passengers. Over the two weeks as George rides the bus he learns lessons designed to help a leader transform a team by creating a positive vision and culture of energy. George is able to save his job and inspires his team by becoming its Chief Energy Officer (CEO) using these 10 Rules for approaching life and work with the kind of positive, forward thinking that leads to true accomplishment!

Rule #1 “You’re the driver of your bus.” It’s all about personal responsibility. We are each responsible for the direction of our lives. And the direction of our lives is shaped by each day, each thought. If we are complacent in our lives we let others drive for us.
Rule #2 “Desire, Vision, and Focus Move Your Bus in the Right Direction.” You have to have a vision, have a compelling reason to keep you moving and the persistence to keep to it.
Rule #3 “Fuel Your Ride with Positive Energy.” Positive energy is the fuel that allows you to overcome the obstacles. Positive energy is high octane fuel and negative energy is gas from the bottom of last years can.
Rule #4 “Invite People on Your Bus and Share Your Vision for the Road Ahead.” Associating with people who push you forward is one of the smartest things you can do. If the people you work with or associate with are stagnant, then you need to break free.
Rule #5 “Don’t waste your energy on those who do not get on the bus.” Do not take it personally, maybe they are meant to get on another bus.
Rule #6 “Post a sign that says no Energy Vampires allowed on your bus.” Let them know who ever is negative will be kicked off the bus or left at the station.
Rule #7 “Enthusiasm Attracts More Passengers and Energizes Them During the Ride.” In college sports it seems that the same teams are at or near the top year after year. Players recognize a good culture and want to be a part of it. The same can be said of work teams and companies. It’s not all about the money.
Rule #8 “Love Your Passengers.” You can’t fake it. In order to lead people or attract people to your cause you have to care for them. Love cannot be selfish. As a leader you must want the best for your team members. Back to sports: time and time again you see a team of superior athletes being beat by a team made up of individuals who would do anything for their team and teammates. The key is to cultivate that love with positive energy.
Rule #9 “Drive with Purpose.” Purpose is the ultimate fuel for our journey through life.
Rule #10 “Have Fun and Enjoy the Ride.” No one goes through life untested and the answer to these tests is positive energy, the kind of positive energy consisting of vision, trust, optimism, enthusiasm, purpose, and spirit that defines great leaders and their teams.
Common Sense Counsel: Ken Blanchard said it best in the forward to the book, "If you want to fuel your family, your career, your team, and your organization with spirit, read this book. Jon’s energy and advice will leap off the page and help you cultivate positive energy in everything you do and you will make the world a better place for your having been here.” Co-author of The One Minute Manager®; book endorsed by Dabo Swinney, Head Coach, Clemson University Football Team, Mark Richt, Head Coach, University of Miami Football Team, Mike Smith, Head Coach, The Atlanta Falcons, Doc Rivers, Head Coach, Boston Celtics and many others in business and industry. The Energy Bus is the perfect mandatory team read book for 2018!

Tommy Eden is a partner working out of the Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP offices in Opelika, and can be contacted at or 334-246-2901. Blog at Link to The Energy Bus Website