Why it matters who's stirring the pot Soup offers an inspirational business fable that explains the "recipe" you can use to create a winning culture and boost employee morale and engagement. The story follows Nancy, the newly anointed CEO of America's Favorite Soup Company. She has been brought in to reinvigorate the brand and bring success back to a company that has lost its flavor and profit and has fallen on hard times. Fatefully, while eating lunch at a local soup shop, Nancy discovers the key ingredients to unite, engage, and inspire her team and create a culture of greatness. From the bestselling author of The Energy Bus, The No Complaining Rule, and Training Camp Find out how culture drives behavior, behavior drives habits, and habits deliver results Create relationships that are the foundation upon which successful careers and winning teams are built Features quick takeaways you can use to invest in your people, build trust, create unity, and enhance engagement A turnaround tale like few others, Soup will inspire you to work in your own company to unleash the passion that delivers superior results.
Acknowledgments x Introduction xi 1 Hungry 1 2 Grandma’s Soup House 5 3 Grandma 9 4 Nancy 13 5 Another Bowl 15 6 Who Stirs the Pot Matters 19 7 Teachers Are Everywhere 23 8 Soup = Culture 27 9 A Culture of Greatness 31 10 Nightmare 35 11 Lead With Optimism 39 12 Leadership Is a Transfer of Belief 43 13 Guard Against Pessimism 47 14 The Mirror Test 51 15 Nancy Stirs the Pot 53 16 Hire Possibility Thinkers 55 17 A Unifying Vision 57 18 Spread the Vision 61 19 Build Trust 63 20 Busy 67 21 The Survey 69 22 Enhance Communication 71 23 Fill the Void 75 24 Add a Big Dose of Transparency and Authenticity 79 25 Treat Them Like Family 81 26 Love 83 27 Rumors 85 28 A New Measuring Stick 89 29 Relationships 93 30 Soup Is Meant to Be Enjoyed Together 95 31 Rules Without Relationship Lead to Rebellion 97 32 The Enemies Are Busyness and Stress 99 33 Engaged Relationships 103 34 Encourage, Inspire, Empower, and Coach 105 35 A Team of Pot Stirrers 109 36 The Offer 113 37 Another Shot 117 38 40 Days of Engagement 119 39 No One Eats Alone 121 40 Success Fridays 123 41 Fill Up with Appreciation 125 42 The Ultimate Recognition Program 129 43 Great Service 131 44 Leading by Example 133 45 Friday Night 135 46 Passion 137 47 Hot Soup 141 48 Tastier Soup 143 49 The Decision 147 50 An Offer They Couldn’t Refuse 149 51 The Power of Relationships 153 52 Unity 155 53 The Recipe Book 159 Nourish Your Team and Culture 163 Other Books by Jon Gordon 164
JON GORDON's bestselling books and talks have inspired readers and audiences around the world. His principles have been put to the test by numerous NFL, NBA, and college coaches and teams, Fortune 500 companies, school districts, hospitals, and nonprofits. Jon invites you to visit and connect with him at www.JonGordon.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonGordon11.
Why it matters who's stirring the pot Only a few months into her new job, Nancy wondered whether or not she should have said yes to the CEO position at Soup, Inc. Sales were declining, bankruptcy and takeover rumors were swirling, and employee morale had never been lower. The company had lost both flavor and heat; and nobody likes lukewarm soup. How was Nancy going to turn it around? Sometimes the answer you need is right in front of you. On a lunch break, Nancy steps into Grandma's Soup House, a little place she hadn't noticed before, and happens upon an unexpected source of inspiration. New from the bestselling author of The Energy Bus and Training Camp, Soup tells the "stirring" story of how Nancy discovers the key ingredients to revitalizing her company, her team, and herself. A recipe for success for anyone in any position, Soup delivers the powerful message that the quality of your career, business, and team is determined by the quality of your relationships. People are hungry for positive change and a fresh sense of purpose and passion. If you are ready to stir the pot and lead by example, Soup is a fun and engaging story that supplies you with the tools you need to build a winning team—at work, school, or home.
Praise for SOUP "So often we only concern ourselves with wins and losses. We overlook what is at the core of success, and that is the 'culture' of the team that is created by the leader or leadership group. If you create a culture where all members of the team can thrive and do their jobs effectively, then the score will take care of itself. Jon gives you the recipe of how to create a culture of greatness for your team, organization, or family." —Mike Smith, Head Coach, The Atlanta Falcons "In a world where leaders are pulled in a million different directions, Soup reminds us that we must make time to cultivate engaged relationships in order to build a winning organization and team." —Margaret Kelly, Chief Executive Officer, RE/MAX International Inc. "Told in an entertaining parable form, Soup will help you understand how to nurture the greatness in others so that you can become great as a team." —Mark Batterson, Lead Pastor of National Community Church and author of Primal "Soup provides the key ingredients to establishing culture and is another example of how Gordon's writing transcends common thought." —Sam Presti, Executive Vice President and General Manager, the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder "There's a common problem in business today. It's a people problem . . . but maybe not in the way you would think. We spend so much time focusing on the bottom line that many fail to focus on the people who make the bottom line what it is. People matter and how we lead them matters. This is why I recommend Jon Gordon's new book. It provides the recipe for mobilizing and engaging a team." —Chris Brogan, New York Time bestselling author of Trust Agents and Social Media 101
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