Jon Gordon is a best-selling author: including The Energy Bus, The Carpenter, Training Camp, The Seed, You Win in the Locker Room First and The No Complaining Rule…..and his newest book: The Power of Positive Leadership.

Jon has been featured on The Today Show, CNN, CNBC, The Golf Channel, Fox and Friends….and….seems like every other week I hear about him speaking to teams in the NBA, NFL, MLB….or keynoting conferences.

Jon has spirit. And I think people are so attracted to him, because of that spirit. You can’t help but want to be better around him.

Jon played lacrosse for and is a graduate of Cornell University and holds a Masters in teaching from Emory University.

The main themes for this conversation are about – connection, relationships, leading, striving together and how to succeed as a team.

If you want to learn more about Jon, check out our previous Finding Mastery conversation here.

“I believe we strive for greatness because we were never meant to be average.”

In This Episode:

  • His increased role in helping develop leadership teams
  • Why love & accountability are the core principles behind a great team
  • Why investing in relationships first is key
  • The difference between athletes who are willing to put in the work when no one’s watching and those that don’t care to
  • What happens when those that are assholes make it
  • Factors that steer motivation… from fear to love
  • Whether or not his identity is defined by what he does
  • Why he believes all humans strive for greatness
  • The balance between being and becoming
  • Why we were made to serve others
  • Why coaches are addicted to what they do
  • The misinterpretation of the saying “caught up in the moment”
  • Why you can’t have connection without communication
  • The power of vulnerability and sharing
  • Does talent trump a team?
  • The 6 stages for developing kids in sports
  • What makes a team gritty


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“A great team has both love and accountability.”

“We were made for others. We were made to be in relationship with each other, to be there for each other, to connect, to serve each other.”

“When you have a coach that invests in you and you feel their commitment, you’ll be more committed to them.”

“When you’re helping others get better, you get better in the process.”

“Teams that are not connected, I believe will eventually crumble.”

“If you go through a challenge on your own and it’s just something you experience for yourself but it doesn’t become a lesson or blessing for others, I believe it’s wasted.”

“If you don’t have great communication, it’s hard to have great connection. Most relationships break down because of poor communication and lack of connection.”

“When you know someone’s defining moment in their life, you get to know them a whole lot better and you know more of their story.”

“There’s nothing more powerful to the human connection than being vulnerable and sharing.”


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Jon Gordon is an American author and speaker on the topics of leadership, culture, sales, and teamwork.