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Jon Gordon

Proven Principles and Practices that Make Great Teams Great

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"The Power of a Positive Team" by Jon Gordon is a guide for creating and sustaining a strong team culture. It emphasizes positivity, communication, and collaboration to foster success.

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    Creating a positive team benefits both the team and the person who leads it.

    The business world is filled with challenges, starting with trying to get new ideas, organizations and products off the ground. Of course, having a great team at your service can be a huge asset, and yet keeping that team running smoothly presents its own challenges.

    For starters, it’s important to keep your team motivated when times are tough or when your goal looks more like a fantasy than a real possibility. This is just one example of when staying positive is crucial to staying afloat.

    One of the big benefits of establishing an optimistic, positive outlook within your team is that everyone benefits, with the group as a whole, as well as each individual, experiencing an increased likelihood of success.

    According to a report from Duke University, optimistic individuals have a greater likelihood of succeeding in politics, business and sports.

    The benefits of positive thinking extend beyond the workplace as well: the pioneering psychologist John Gottman found that married couples who engaged in five positive interactions for every one negative interaction were much likelier to stay together than the couples who were closer to a one-to-one ratio.

    And what about team leaders? Well, they also benefit from the positive workplace environment they help create – and it starts with having devoted team members.

    According to the research of organizational expert Wayne Baker, leaders who exude positive energy naturally attract other people. So, if you’re a leader with a vision and you project an aura of optimism and unity, people in your workplace will naturally want to be around you.

    As Baker explains, positive-thinking leaders will inevitably attract talented colleagues, rather than other leaders, and these people will likely devote their time willingly to your projects. It’s also likely that they’ll share new information, opportunities and ideas with you before they share them with anyone else.

    To put it simply: when the team is thinking positively, everyone wins.

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    What is The Power of a Positive Team about?

    The Power of a Positive Team (2018) shares proven principles that help good teams become great. Using real-life examples from the author’s many years of work in business consulting, the blinks explain how you can improve your team’s communication and commitment while dispelling negativity.

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    The Power of a Positive Team (2018) is an empowering book that explores the impact of teamwork on achieving success. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • It offers practical techniques and strategies to foster a positive team culture that can drive exceptional results.
    • Through inspiring stories and real-life examples, the book demonstrates the transformative power of a united and motivated team.
    • With its engaging and relatable anecdotes, the book keeps readers captivated, making the topic of teamwork anything but boring.

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    People often think of communication as talking, but its also listening and receiving feedback.

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    Who should read The Power of a Positive Team?

    • Anyone wanting to build a better team
    • Leaders looking to brush up on their management skills
    • Business owners wanting to improve their company’s culture

    About the Author

    Jon Gordon is an author and expert on the subjects of teamwork, leadership and culture. He has worked for a number of athletic organizations and corporations, and his work has featured in the New York Post, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post.

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