A book about teams to help teams become more positive, united and connected.
Worldwide bestseller — the author of The Energy Bus and The Power of Positive Leadership shares the proven principles and practices that build great teams - and provides practical tools to help teams overcome negativity and enhance their culture, communication, connection, commitment and performance.
Jon Gordon doesn’t just research the keys to great teams, he has personally worked with some of the most successful teams on the planet and has a keen understanding of how and why they became great. In The Power of a Positive Team, Jon draws upon his unique team building experience as well as conversations with some of the greatest teams in history in order to provide an essential framework, filled with proven practices, to empower teams to work together more effectively and achieve superior results.
Utilizing examples from the writing team who created the hit show Billions, the National Champion Clemson Football team, the World Series contending Los Angeles Dodgers, The Miami Heat and the greatest beach volleyball team of all time to Navy SEAL’s, Marching bands, Southwest Airlines, USC and UVA Tennis, Twitter, Apple and Ford, Jon shares innovative strategies to transform a group of individuals into a united, positive and powerful team.
Jon not only infuses this book with the latest research, compelling stories, and strategies to maintain optimism through adversity… he also shares his best practices to transform negativity, build trust (through his favorite team building exercises) and practical ways to have difficult conversations—all designed to make a team more positive, cohesive, stronger and better.
The Power of a Positive Team also provides a blueprint for addressing common pitfalls that cause teams to fail—including complaining, selfishness, inconsistency, complacency, unaccountability—while offering solutions to enhance a team’s creativity, grit, innovation and growth.
This is a book meant for teams to read together. It’s written in such a way that if you and your team read it together, you will understand the obstacles you will face and what you must do to become a great team. If you read it together, stay positive together, and take action together you will accomplish amazing things TOGETHER.
Introduction No One Creates Success Alone
Chapter 1 The Power of Positive
Chapter 2 Positive Teams Create Positive Cultures
Create your Culture
Culture is Dynamic, not Static
Make your Bus Great
Make Your Culture a Priority
Invest in the Root
Decide to be Vitamin C
The Power is on the Inside
What do we want to Be?
Chapter 3 Positive Teams work together toward a Shared Vision with a Greater Purpose
Purpose Driven Goals
Vision + Mission
Telescope and Microscope
Creating Billions and Winning Gold
The World’s Largest Family
Keep your Vision and Purpose Alive
Make your Vision and Purpose Come Alive
Make Sure Everyone is on the Bus
Everyone means EVERYONE
Chapter 4 Positive Teams Work Together with Optimism, Positivity and Belief
Stay Positive Together
Encourage Each Other
Feed The Positive Dog
Talk to Yourself
Replace Have to with Get to
Make the Next Opportunity Great
Shark or Gold?sh
Think Like Rookies
Fear or Faith
The Positive Experiment
Don’t Stop Believing
The Best is Yet to Come
Chapter 5 Positive Teams Transform and Remove Negativity
No Energy Vampires Allowed
It Starts at the Culture Level
The First Step Is to Transform
Remove the Negativity
It’s not Okay to be Moody
Implement the No Complaining Rule
Weed and Feed
Chapter 6 Positive Teams Communicate and Connect
Connection is the difference between good and great
It Starts with Communication
Where There is a Void Negativity Will Fill it.
Fill the Void
One on One Communication
Why Don’t We Communicate
On a Scale of 1–10
Listening Enhances Communication.
Communicate to Connect
Team Beats Talent when Talent isn’t a Team
Team + Talent
It’s Worth It
Chapter 7 Positive Teams Commit and Care
Play your Notes
We before Me
Commitment Recognizes Commitment
Committing Makes Everyone Better
Serve to Be Great
Commit to your Team
Do you Care?
Craftsmen and Craftswomen
The One Percent Rule
You Can’t Fake It
Chapter 8 Positive Teams are Always Striving to Get Better and Make Their Team Better
Own the Boat
Elite of the Elite
Love and Accountability
Family and Team
Don’t Run People Over
Tell the Truth Monday’s
Have the Difficult Conversations
Like vs Love
Forged in the Fire
Chapter 9 We are Better Together
Are You a Real Team?
11 Thoughts About Teamwork