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Soup: A Recipe to Create a Culture of Greatness

Soup: A Recipe to Create a Culture of Greatness

Jon Gordon

ISBN: 978-0-470-64874-2

Apr 2010

176 pages

$14.99

Description

Why it matters who's stirring the pot

Soup offers an inspirational business fable that explains the "recipe" you can use to create a winning culture and boost employee morale and engagement. The story follows Nancy, the newly anointed CEO of America's Favorite Soup Company. She has been brought in to reinvigorate the brand and bring success back to a company that has lost its flavor and profit and has fallen on hard times. Fatefully, while eating lunch at a local soup shop, Nancy discovers the key ingredients to unite, engage, and inspire her team and create a culture of greatness.

  • From the bestselling author of The Energy Bus, The No Complaining Rule, and Training Camp
  • Find out how culture drives behavior, behavior drives habits, and habits deliver results
  • Create relationships that are the foundation upon which successful careers and winning teams are built
  • Features quick takeaways you can use to invest in your people, build trust, create unity, and enhance engagement

A turnaround tale like few others, Soup will inspire you to work in your own company to unleash the passion that delivers superior results.

Acknowledgments x

Introduction xi

1 Hungry 1

2 Grandma’s Soup House 5

3 Grandma 9

4 Nancy 13

5 Another Bowl 15

6 Who Stirs the Pot Matters 19

7 Teachers Are Everywhere 23

8 Soup = Culture 27

9 A Culture of Greatness 31

10 Nightmare 35

11 Lead With Optimism 39

12 Leadership Is a Transfer of Belief 43

13 Guard Against Pessimism 47

14 The Mirror Test 51

15 Nancy Stirs the Pot 53

16 Hire Possibility Thinkers 55

17 A Unifying Vision 57

18 Spread the Vision 61

19 Build Trust 63

20 Busy 67

21 The Survey 69

22 Enhance Communication 71

23 Fill the Void 75

24 Add a Big Dose of Transparency and Authenticity 79

25 Treat Them Like Family 81

26 Love 83

27 Rumors 85

28 A New Measuring Stick 89

29 Relationships 93

30 Soup Is Meant to Be Enjoyed Together 95

31 Rules Without Relationship Lead to Rebellion 97

32 The Enemies Are Busyness and Stress 99

33 Engaged Relationships 103

34 Encourage, Inspire, Empower, and Coach 105

35 A Team of Pot Stirrers 109

36 The Offer 113

37 Another Shot 117

38 40 Days of Engagement 119

39 No One Eats Alone 121

40 Success Fridays 123

41 Fill Up with Appreciation 125

42 The Ultimate Recognition Program 129

43 Great Service 131

44 Leading by Example 133

45 Friday Night 135

46 Passion 137

47 Hot Soup 141

48 Tastier Soup 143

49 The Decision 147

50 An Offer They Couldn’t Refuse 149

51 The Power of Relationships 153

52 Unity 155

53 The Recipe Book 159

Nourish Your Team and Culture 163

Other Books by Jon Gordon 164