Jon Gordon is a best selling author and keynote speaker known for developing positive leaders, organizations, and teams. He has written more than a dozen books. Here are 3 I recently picked up (read the first two last week while on vacation):
- The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy
This book takes readers on an enlightening and inspiring ride that reveals 10 secrets for approaching life and work with the kind of positive, forward thinking that leads to true accomplishment – at work and at home. Jon infuses this engaging story with keen insights as he provides a powerful roadmap to overcome adversity and bring out the best in yourself and your team. When you get on The Energy Bus you’ll enjoy the ride of your life!
- Training Camp: What the Best Do Better Than Everyone Else
This book follows the story of Martin Jones, an un-drafted rookie trying to make it to the bright lights and big money of the NFL. He’s spent his whole life proving to the critics that a small guy with a big heart can succeed against all odds. After spraining his ankle in the preseason, Martin thinks his dream is lost when he happens to meet a very special coach who shares eleven life-changing lessons that keep Martin’s dream alive-and might even make him the best of the best. Whether you play sports or the piano or work with numbers, a computer or a scalpel, these lessons apply to everyone who must climb the mountain before reaching its peak.
- You Win in the Locker Room First: The 7 C’s to Build a Winning Team in Business, Sports, and Life
This book draws on the extraordinary experiences of Coach Mike Smith and Jon Gordon—consultant to numerous college and professional teams—to explore the seven powerful principles that any business, school, organization, or sports team can adopt to revitalize their organization.
Your turn… If you’ve read any of these books take a moment to share your impressions.
The following three groups have resources designed to help make organizations better. Spend a few moments exploring each of their websites and I believe you’ll find some tools you can benefit from (businesses, individuals, families, churches):
The Table Group is a firm dedicated to helping organizations, and the people who work within them, become healthier and more effective. We provide consulting and speaking services, as well as a host of products and tools to leaders who want to improve teamwork, clarity and morale within their companies.
Erich’s note: Patrick Lencioni has written several very helpful books (Five Dysfunctions of a Team; Death by Meeting; Silos, Politics and Turf Wars to name a few). His most recent book, The Advantage, would be a great place to start since it reaffirms many of the themes from his previous books (I recommend the enhanced edition available on iBooks). Also, his book The Three Big Questions for a Frantic Family provides some simple tools to help families reduce stress and increase vitality (I highly recommend it / I may dedicate another post to it later). I’m sure you will want to spend more than a few minutes browsing around his website (it contains some great overviews and resources of each of his books).
Tony is the Chief Strategic Officer and founder of TonyMorganLive.com. He’s a consultant, leadership coach and writer who helps churches get unstuck and have a bigger impact. More important, he has a passion for people. He’s all about helping people meet Jesus and take steps in their faith.
Erich’s note: As you browse around Tony’s site you’ll find lots of helpful articles and resources (several are free). Make sure you check out The Leisure Suit Series.
- Auxano (We Navigate Leaders Through Growth Challenges with Vision Clarity) — Will Mancini
Auxano is the only non-profit, full-service consulting group for local churches and ministry leaders. We start by guiding effective teams through a Godward and collaborative clarity process called the Vision Pathway. Clarity isn’t everything but it changes everything.
Erich’s note: Will Mancini has written a great book called Church Unique (check it out). You can download a really neat visual summary of that book here.
Your turn… What other groups to you know of who focus on helping organizations get healthier?