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I was able to read this book rather quickly and will most likely refer to sections of it often. I am always on the hunt for good leadership books to recommend to employees that I am doing career development plans with. This book encourages you to be a positive leader, no matter what the circumstance and provides plenty of what I would call case studies of other individuals and companies that have done so. The book starts with the WHY and then quickly moves into the HOW. What I like about the book it it's broken down into easily digestible sections/chapters with a table of contents at the front so if you're looking to improve in just one area, you can quickly jump to that section. The only thing I didn't love about the book is that's it's a little light on the actual steps to take to change your leadership style from a positive to a negative. It's one thing to know how someone else has done it (case studies) but I think including actionable practical tips and steps for employees to start making the changes might of have been helpful. Or maybe even more "pondering" questions to encourage employees to think about how they show up in any given area. I know there is a while one day training you can take on the book so maybe they provide more of that there? In any case, this is one I will have on hand for employees if they need it!
I started off life very similar to Jon, negativity was me! I just knew there was more to life than the negativity I embrace in my early days and I’m thankful to God that today my new found association cultivates positivity.
What you pour in is what you pour out and today I am a product of my association with the purpose of helping others for all walks of life be the version of themselves that God called them to be.
This is my first Jon Gordon book and it certainly won't be my last.
A new colleague who also teaches leadership said offhandedly the other day something like, "If you've read one John Maxwell book you've pretty much read them all," and he's right. This book seems like a bid on Gordon's part to be John Maxwell 2.0. There's a lot of good stuff here that I will use in my coursework and my practice as a professor at a Christian college. But he repeats himself a lot here and tells a lot of stories about his other books.
I want to read more of his work but at this point Jon Gordon reads like the band Boston sounds - good, familiar, well-executed and precious little variety.
Very inspirational read. This book provides a focus and vignettes from proven leaders that positivity and being part of the team are what move mountains. A great read for those that look for the positive and passion to lead the way!
I always love Jon Gordon's books. They are so insightful while also being a quick and easy read. I have already bought copies for my leadership team to read over the summer with implementation planned for school year 2017-18. Thanks Jon.