The No Complaining Rule

Positive Ways to Deal with Negativity at Work
Narrated by: Jon Gordon
Length: 2 hrs and 1 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,147 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A Story About Positive Ways to Turn Complaints Into Solutions, Innovations, and Success

Every complaint represents an opportunity to turn something negative into a positive!

It's Tuesday morning and Hope walks into her office with puffy eyes, a swollen head, and a broken heart. But unfortunately, her company - EZ Tech - is in worse shape than she is.

The fact that their computer batteries are catching on fire is the least of their problems. Employees have been posting negative comments about management on blogs for the world to see, the media is attacking the credibility of the company, morale is at an all-time low, negativity is at an all-time high, and the stock price is sinking faster than the Titanic. As VP of human resources, Hope is charged with finding a solution to overcome the biggest challenge in her company's history.

In the process of battling her own adversity, she discovers the no complaining rule and other positive ways to save her company and herself from ruin.

In the spirit of his international best seller, The Energy Bus, Jon Gordon once again shares an inspiring and enlightening story that reveals a powerful way to tackle the biggest problem in business and life - the negativity that costs organizations billions of dollars and impacts the morale, productivity, and health of individuals and teams.

For managers, team leaders, or anyone looking to turn negative energy into positive solutions, The No Complaining Rule shares powerful principles and an actionable plan to win the battle against individual and organizational negativity. When you implement the no complaining rule, you'll spend less time and energy on problems and more time focused on solutions.

©2008 Jon Gordon (P)2008 Gildan Media Corp

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A Great Message!

Gordon offers an inspiring message and all the tools necessary to turn a negative corporate culture into a solution oriented environment. It applies as well to our family, and even our sports teams. Negative thoughts lead to negative actions, and in today's economy, we all need to find the positive.

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stick to the energy bus. same story basically

nothing new on the story, wish I would've not done this book. do the energy bus instead same story

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Not realistic

What worries me about this book is that the real work required in implementing this kind of recommended program is covered in three words, “Six months later...“ This book is told in a narrative form about a fictional person in a fictional company dealing with a fictional situation. In contrast to books such as “The Goal“ or “The Phoenix Project“, this does not convey a real life situation, but attempts to describe a dream scenario that the author hopes you can bring about trying these ideas. Being a person who coaches people on a daily basis on how to introduce positive psychology in the workplace, it isn’t done by passing out cards with five rules on them. These are great ideas to used personally on self analysis, but is not a system to be rolled out at a company.

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Great Way To Start On The Journey of Positivity

Would you listen to The No Complaining Rule again? Why?

Simple to listen to. Interesting story to bring home the concepts. A great beginning to living a totally positive life. Makes the ability to start less daunting. Great ideas and examples. Nicely read and not over done. No fluff which turns me off so often. I would recommend it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The No Complaining Rule?

How things turned from so negative to so positive with a few easy adjustment and how simple the concepts are.

Which scene was your favorite?

When her children were happy she was changing her attitude and joined in to participate.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes and it was the perfect book for a "One Sitting" read. No Fluff.

Any additional comments?

I want more self help books that are as enjoyable to read.

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No Complaining!

In typical Jon Gordon fashion, this book hits a home run. Whether you are dealing with your work family or home family, the helpful elements in this book will get you over the complaining hump! Love it and highly recommend it!!!!

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Healthy and Helpful

The book really made me think about how much complaining I actually do during a day. Even though I consider myself a positive person I have work to do and this book help point that out to me.

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I will certainly be buying the hardcopy version.

John should probably consider having somebody else read the book, but otherwise a great book with awesome learnings.

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Cute story about turning your life around

Would you listen to The No Complaining Rule again? Why?

This book brings home what it means to be positive and to create success through positive thinking. Solution-focused people (instead of problem-focused) tend to succeed more often. They are also a lot nicer to be around.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The No Complaining Rule?

Watching the turn around in her relationships. I also liked how her desire to learn gave her energy.

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Skip This Book and Complain

What disappointed you about The No Complaining Rule?

This book is told as a poorly written story and the narrator is overacting. The content offers nothing you can use in your business that you don't already know. It reminded me of Nancy Raegan's "Just say No" to drugs and that would solve the problem.

Has The No Complaining Rule turned you off from other books in this genre?

No. I will steer clear of this author however.

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator has an accent and the main character is a woman and a woman should narrate this story. The dialogue is poorly written so the narrator doesn't have much to work with.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The No Complaining Rule?

The first half of the book. The only useful point is one that is stated in the last 10th of the book.

Any additional comments?

I regret buying this book and feel that I should have known it was a lemon from listening to the preview.

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Exactly what you need to hear

Working for a small company can be tough sometimes especially when it’s just you and your boss who have to run the place. I was in a bad place this weekend after another interaction with boss just picking apart the mistakes I made. No matter how much I did to try and be perfect and get every tasks done, I screwed up. In the end I blamed my mistakes on something else or another person. I would complain that others didn’t pick up my slack or didn’t help me when I needed it. In reality, I was looking for any excuse to not take responsibility as a leader. This book really puts things in perspective and challenges you to shift your focus from complaining to doing. What I really enjoyed was the actionable ways to shift your focus and how you can create a more positive perspective to not only yourself but to your work place. This book has challenged me to become a better leader and change my perspective. I felt like I was the character in this book and my focus is to change my outlook on life.