Our Book Review of “The Energy Bus”

By Danielle Siegel, PCC, LCSW

Is your team facing challenges?

Is it run by negativity?

Are you looking for something to help change this?

In Jon Gordon’s easy to read and engaging book, The Energy Bus  , he takes us on a journey with George, whose life is in shambles at both work and at home. Because of a flat tire, George has to take the bus to work and lucky for him, this bus ends up being The Energy Bus. Over the next ten days, he learns the 10 rules to fuel his life, work and team with positive energy.

Through George’s story, the reader learns about these powerful rules and how to use them daily.

Rule #1: You’re the Driver of Your Bus. In order for change to happen, we need to take control and responsibility for our lives. We get to chose who and how we want to be. Without this, others will make decisions for us.

Rule #2: Desire, Vision and Focus Move Your Bus in the Right Direction. Gordon says this simply, “What we think about expands and grows. What we put our energy and attention on starts to show up more in our life. And the energy we project through our thoughts is the energy we receive”. So, stop thinking about what you don’t want and start thinking about what you do want.

Rule #3: Fuel Your Ride with Positive Energy. Positive energy is key to taking you where you want to go. We can’t always control events in our life, but we can control how we perceive them. If we are able to perceive an obstacle with positive energy/as a learning opportunity, it will change the outcome.

Rule #4: Invite People on Your Bus and Share Your Vision for the Road Ahead. Who do you want on your bus with you? Share your vision with them so they are excited to board your bus.

Rule #5: Don’t Waste Your Energy on Those Who Don’t Get on Your Bus. As difficult as this may be, don’t take it personal that someone may not want to ride your bus. Everyone gets to make their own choice. And you want to use your energy focusing on those that chose to get on your bus.

Rule #6: No Energy Vampires Allowed. It’s important that if people want to join you, that they are committing to being positive and supportive, not negative.

Rule #7: Enthusiasm Attracts More Passengers and Energizes Them During the Ride. Communicate from the heart. Share your positive energy with those around you. Positive and enthusiastic energy is what drives personal and professional success.

Rule #8: Love Your Passengers. Let your team know that you care about them. Show them that you want the best for them and that you want them to shine. Make time and listen to them. Recognize them. When they know you care, they will be loyal to you.

Rule #9: Drive with Purpose: What is the bigger purpose (link to blog on purpose/mission) for what you and your team are doing? Finding this will fuel you for the longer journey. It will keep you and your team excited and passionate.

Rule #10: Have Fun and Enjoy the Ride!

The Ultimate Rule of Positive Energy:

Your positive energy and vision must be greater than anyone’s and everyone’s negativity. Your certainty must be greater than everyone’s doubt.


For more about translating these rules into leading your workplace team, consult with Danielle today.