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Soup: A Recipe to Nourish Your Team and Culture

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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, ...

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470487846
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/24/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 40,767
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet 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, and college coaches and teams, Fortune 500 companies,  school districts, hospitals, and non-profits. He is the author of The Wall Street Journal best seller The Energy Bus, The No Complaining Rule, Training Camp, The Shark and The Goldfish and Soup: A Recipe to Nourish your Team and Culture. Jon invites you to visit and connect with him at www.JonGordon.com

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Table of Contents

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

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  • Posted December 12, 2010

    A Must Read-- Best book I've read in 2010!!

    Gordon delivers yet another winner. Soup is an excellent resource for young leaders and established professionals alike. This parable contains an easy to understand recipe for how you can be a catalyst of positive change. One of the most challenging aspects of leadership is helping employees discover and utilize their unique talents. Jon does a masterful job teaching the reader how to help their employees (and themselves) tap into skills and abilities not always immediately visible to themselves and others.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 24, 2010

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    "Stirring Things Up"

    I have been a "fan" of Jon's since the Energy Bus! Soup is a delightful story with the same "easy to read" approach as his other books. I have been working with employee engagement and leadership development for the past 15 years of my career and find the ideas set forth in this book will be great to implement (and fun) into my daily work. While this is an "easy read" the concepts Jon talks about are fundatmental to having an engaged team.

    In today's workplace, trust and passion are such an important ingredients, along with personal accountability - and it begins with the leaders. How you "stir the soup" with your team(s) will determine if you have "great soup" or "luke warm soup" or "cold soup." The hotter the soup - the better the team.

    This book gives a great recipe to build your team's engagement and commitment for coming to work, without "whining," and providing great service - both to your customers and to each other.

    What a fun way to engage people at work and "get them on the bus!" I can't wait to start stirring things up!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 20, 2010

    Recipe for Business Success

    If you have read any of Jon Gordon's book, you will love this one. It is written in the inspirational novel format where a story line is used to develop a very practical business model. When cooking soup, all kinds of ingredients are used but as the book points out, the outcome is determined by the love and inspiration of the person who "stirs the pot". I am extremely thankful that I work for a company that could have been used by Gordon as an almost perfect example of the business model depicted. This is simply a good book that will cause you to think about your current business practices and what they could or should be instead of what they might currently be. "Gymbeaux"

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 19, 2010

    Gordon delivers in SOUP!

    "Once again, Jon Gordon delivers. In an engaging, page turning, format, SOUP provide leaders with timeless advice on what matters most- a "how to" on investing and building relationships. At the core of all that we do as leaders, nothing is more important. As Gordon skillfully takes us on a new CEO's journey, we find ourselves being reminded of the critical role executives play in creating "a community" in the workplace. Don't let the title SOUP fool you... You won't put this one down!"

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2013

    Soup: A Recipe to Nourish Your Team and Culture a business novel

    Soup: A Recipe to Nourish Your Team and Culture a business novel by Jon Gordon illustrates the significant impact senior leaders have on setting and nurturing their organization's culture. Jon goes on to reveal how culture, in-turn, drives performance and ultimately an organization's success.

    I believe leaders at the top set the tone and tenor of the organization's performance; that the workforce will, over time, embody a set of beliefs aligned with senior management's decisions and actions.

    I like Soup for the way in which the relationship between senior leader decisions and actions, organizational beliefs and work ethic, and overall company results is illustrated. Through the story of Soup, Inc., Jon reveals the nuances of decisions and actions by a CEO and how these effect those immediately around her and are then translated throughout the workforce. These easy-to-relate-to interactions follow closely with our own experience with personnel reactions in the workplace; making Soup`s lessons both real and applicable.

    The lessons in Soup go one step further; illustrating in an implementable step-by-step fashion how to positively impact and change an organization's culture.

    Soup`s insights and implementable actions on how to constructively improve an organization's culture makes it a StrategyDriven recommended read.

    All the Best,
    Nathan Ives
    StrategyDriven Principal

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Great book

    I am starting my own business and will use this book as a keystone in my dealings with my partners and my customer. Great, fast read, a must have book for anyone.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2010

    Slightly Recommended

    The book "Soup" by Jon Gordon features the message of being a strong leader. However the books plot has a terrible flow and lacks the proper detail and substance necessary to form a well-rounded story. Throughout the text images of napkins with three to four words are present, as if to give a better meaning to the story, however it only provides a distraction and space filler. The plot also seems to flip around, and leave the reader confused as to what happened. The text also leaves out the basic information, we only barely learn of one of our characters background, and it is limited to three weeks prior. Not only is this book's plot terrible, its characters are shallow and easily swayed, with very little interfering with their self judgment. The only saving grace is the message. The message of the book rang clear, though poorly displayed; it stressed the importance of a leader, and how the leader decides the direction of the whole company. All in all, this book receives a three out of ten (or a 1.5 out of 5).

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted May 30, 2013

    Its good

    Better... getting brter....

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    Posted May 30, 2013

    Chicken soup for the soul; an expiriment in Love pg. 2

    Two hours later they woke and set up an insistent chorus of soft little screams to be fed again. And every two hours after that. Four times in the night, I crawled out of bed to warm their milk, and in the morning I congratulated myself that they were looking just a little bit stronger, a little bit bigger.
    Mike, reporting on their progress to his co-workers, came home one evening with word that his secretary had offered to adopt Peaches, my favorite because of her lobely soft coloring. Now that she soon would be leaving, I found myself picking up Peaches less often. Idly I wondered if no longer being treated as special would affect her personality. Then the thought turned itself around. Suppose I were to give one of the other kittens extra amounts of mothering? Suppose I held and cuddled him more? Would he grow up to be any different than his siblings? I thought itd be an interesting expirement.

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