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

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

Fear and uncertainty are staples of daily life in today'sstruggling economy. As bad as things can be, economic downturnsalso lead to new opportunities. It's easy to worry, give up and letfear paralyze you. However, you have more control than you thinkyou do and how you handle adversity is your choice-and the onlychoice that matters. In fact, study history and you'll find that alot of people and organizations made a name for themselves and grewtheir businesses during recessions and downturns. These successfulpeople and organizations all shared similar characteristics andtook similar actions to thrive while others merely tried tosurvive. You can do the same.

In The Shark and the Goldfish, Jon Gordon shares aninspiring fable about Gordy, a pampered goldfish who gets swept outto sea. Desperate for food, Gordy meets a kind shark who teacheshim the ultimate lesson-Goldfish wait to be fed. Sharks go findfood. Gordy also learns that the difference between a full andempty stomach is our faith, beliefs and actions. In the face ofadversity and lean times, this is a business fable that reinforcesa proven truth: You can't control the events in your life. But youcan control how you respond and in turn this determines theoutcome.

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

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

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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 book is 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.

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John Wiley & Sons
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Sep 4, 2009
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Business & Economics / General
Business & Economics / Small Business
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