Proven Principles and Practices That Make Great Teams Great

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A Book About Teams, for 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 is a book 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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"A team can do great things but a positive team can do extraordinary things. I have no doubt the lessons in this book will help you and your team reach your potential."
Dabo Swinney - Head Coach, Clemson Football



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Downloadable Action Plan

This 19-page downloadable plan is an implementation guide to help you take the principles from "The Power of a Positive Team" and turn them into action and results. It contains workbook style sections, each with practical insights and "Action Steps" for you to complete. It's perfect for individuals, organizations and teams!


About the author

Jon Gordon

Jon Gordon's best-selling books and talks have inspired readers and audiences around the world. His principles have been put to the test by numerous NFL, NBA, MLB coaches and teams, Fortune 500 companies, school districts, hospitals and non-profits. He is the author of numerous best-selling books including The Energy Bus, The Carpenter, Training Camp, The Seed, You Win in the Locker Room First and The No Complaining Rule. Jon and his tips have been featured on The Today Show, CNN, CNBC, The Golf Channel, Fox and Friends and in numerous magazines and newspapers. His clients include The Los Angeles Dodgers, The Atlanta Falcons, Campbell Soup, Dell, Publix, Southwest Airlines, LA Clippers, Miami Heat, Pittsburgh Pirates, BB&T Bank, Clemson Football, Northwestern Mutual, Bayer, West Point Academy and more.

Jon is a graduate of Cornell University and holds a Masters in Teaching from Emory University. He and his training/consulting company are passionate about developing positive leaders, organizations and teams.

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We all know it is all about talented people 'working together' to create something very special: government, business, sports, and life. Jon Gordon really captures the power of positive 'working together principles and practices' and includes a positive disciplined process and expected behaviors that all teams can use immediately!

Alan Mulally

President and CEO of Boeing and Ford, retired, and board member of Alphabet/ Google, Mayo Clinic, and Carbon3D

Jon and his principles have been very helpful to me and my team. I encourage you to read this book and discover the keys to building a great team.

Dave Roberts

Manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers

The Energy Bus and No Complaining Rule transformed my work and family life and this book gives us practical ways to put The Power of a Positive Team into action. So many of Jon Gordon's best practices are alive and well at The Golf Channel. The Power of a Positive Team will be our must-read this year! This is a must-read for corporate, sports teams... even families.

Molly Solomon

Executive producer, The Golf Channel

An actionable guide to energizing your team.

Adam Grant

New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take, Originals, and Option B with Sheryl Sandberg

We've taken our Jamberry management team to a whole new level by practicing the power of alignment, compassion and productive positivity. The insights Jon shares in his latest book are intuitive and easy to implement. This is a must read for any team looking to find that next breakthrough and achieve greater success.

Elizabeth Thibaudeau

CEO, Jamberry

I love this book by my good friend Jon Gordon. My experience has taught me that a team can do great things but a positive team can do extraordinary things. Jon does a great job of articulating so many different examples of this. I have no doubt the lessons in this book will help you and your team reach your potential.

Dabo Swinney

Head Coach, Clemson Football

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Jon Gordon is one of the most sought-after speakers in the world today. His engaging talks and principles have influenced numerous leaders and teams in professional sports, business, healthcare and education. Jon speaks on a variety of topics (leadership, teamwork, culture, sales and service) based on his best-selling books and his clients include Southwest Airlines, The Atlanta Falcons, The Los Angeles Dodgers, Campbell Soup, Northwestern Mutual, Dell, Ritz Carlton Hotels, Wells Fargo, PGA Tour, Clemson Football, Intermountain Health Care, Denver Public Schools and many more.

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