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The Shark and the Goldfish: Positive Ways to Thrive During Waves of Change



The Shark and the Goldfish: Positive Ways to Thrive During Waves of Change

Jon Gordon

ISBN: 978-0-470-50360-7 September 2009 112 Pages


An illustrated business fable that gives you the faith, courage and confidence to win in today's tough economic climate

Fear and uncertainty are staples of daily life in today's struggling economy. As bad as things can be, economic downturns also lead to new opportunities. It's easy to worry, give up and let fear paralyze you. However, you have more control than you think you do and how you handle adversity is your choice-and the only choice that matters. In fact, study history and you'll find that a lot of people and organizations made a name for themselves and grew their businesses during recessions and downturns. These successful people and organizations all shared similar characteristics and took similar actions to thrive while others merely tried to survive. You can do the same.

In The Shark and the Goldfish, Jon Gordon shares an inspiring fable about Gordy, a pampered goldfish who gets swept out to sea. Desperate for food, Gordy meets a kind shark who teaches him the ultimate lesson-Goldfish wait to be fed. Sharks go find food. Gordy also learns that the difference between a full and empty stomach is our faith, beliefs and actions. In the face of adversity and lean times, this is a business fable that reinforces a proven truth: You can't control the events in your life. But you can control how you respond and in turn this determines the outcome.

  • A business fable that teaches valuable lessons on the importance of working hard, maintaining a locus of control and focusing on positive choices instead of negative voices,
  • Written by Jon Gordon, bestselling author of The Energy Bus and The No Complaining Rule
  • Reveals how change is inevitable-but that you can make it your friend or foe.
  • Provides an action plan filled with tips and strategies to thrive during change and adversity

If you're facing tough economic times, The Shark and the Goldfish will motivate you, inspire you, and give you the confidence you need to thrive during changing times.

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A Confession ix

Introduction xi

Are You a Shark or a Goldfish? xv

AWave of Change 1

Embrace and Ride theWave of Change 11

Stay Positive 27

Thrive because of Change 51

A Shark School for Goldfish 65

Start Your Own Shark School for Goldfish: Empower Your Team to Ride the Waves of Change and Teach Them How to Fish 71

Food for Thought: Individual/Small Group/Team Discussion Questions 75

Other Books by Jon Gordon 79

About the Illustrator 91