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Lawrence Frank gives book – ‘The Energy Bus’ by Jon Gordon – to Pistons

Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News:

[Stuckey] also was given some summer reading from Frank, a book called "The Energy Bus" by Jon Gordon.

"It’s a really good book, it’s about being positive," Stuckey said. "He gave it to the majority of us. It’s giving you different situations and dealing with different kinds of people. It was really helpful."

I don’t know whether Lawrence Frank and Jon Gordon have a greater connection, but they both spoke at a coaching event this summer in Washington, D.C. As far as the book, here’s an explanation from its website:

“It’s Monday morning and George walks out the front door to his car and a flat tire. But this is the least of his problems. His home life is in shambles and his team at work is in disarray. With a big new product launch coming up in 2 weeks for the NRG-2000 he has to find a way to get it together or risk losing his marriage and job. Forced to take the bus to work, George meets a unique kind of bus driver and an interesting set of characters (passengers) that over the course of 2 weeks share the 10 rules for the ride of his life… and attempt to help him turn around his work and team and save his job and marriage from an almost inevitable destruction.”

In the mode of other best selling business fables The Energy Bus, by Jon Gordon, takes readers on an enlightening and inspiring ride that reveals 10 secrets for approaching life and work with the kind of positive, forward thinking that leads to true accomplishment – at work and at home. Everyone faces challenges. And every person, organization, company and team will have to overcome negativity and adversity to define themselves and create their success. No one goes through life untested and the answer to these tests is positive energy—the kind of positive energy consisting of vision, trust, optimism, enthusiasm, purpose, and spirit that defines great leaders and their teams. Drawing upon his experience and work with thousands of leaders, sales professionals, teams, non-profit organizations, schools, and athletes, Gordon infuses this engaging story with keen insights, actionable strategies and a big dose of positive infectious energy. For managers and team leaders or anyone looking to turn negative energy into positive achievement The Energy Bus provides a powerful roadmap to overcome common life and work obstacles and bring out the best in yourself and your team. When you get on The Energy Bus you’ll enjoy the ride of your life!


  • Oct 31, 201210:40 am
    by ds


    The team as a whole seemed extremely proactive and engaged over the summer, and Stuckey in particular seemed to motivate and push his teammates to show up at summer league and before preseason to work together.

    I don’t know how much the book had to do with it – but I approve. It seems like a very good sign that so many players are going ‘above and beyond’ what they are required to do. 

    While I’d love to see wins, I’ll be also happy if the young guys work hard and work together.

    (hey, opening night is tonight – I’m entitled to wear rose colored glasses for at least a week!) 

  • Oct 31, 201210:52 am
    by freywagg


    Lawrence Frank is the new Phil Jackson.

  • Oct 31, 201211:25 am
    by piston_fan_phl


    Daye need to read this book. Atleast to boost his confidence. 

  • Oct 31, 201211:33 am
    by sebastian


    L. Frank may be well read, but to me he is still a little dummy. Look, if Casey is smart enough to start the 20 year old (May 6, 1992) rookie, Jonas Valanciunas nest to Andrea Bargnani.
    Then you would think that the well read, L. Frank would be smart enough to start Dre Drummond (19 years old), next to Moose.
    Valanciunas is getting the start for the Raptors over both, Ed Davis and Amir Johnson.
    It can be argued quite, successfully that both Davis and Johnson are as good, if not better than Maxey.
    L. Frank may need to stop being so much of a bookworm and start using some common sense, when it comes to OUR starting lineup and rotations.
    Oh, and for the last time before the OUR season tips off, tonight, Jerebko should be starting in place of Tay. Tay should be OUR sixth-man, if WE can pawn him off to another team.

    • Oct 31, 201211:34 am
      by sebastian


      Correction: Tay should be OUR sixth-man, if WE cannot pawn him off to another team.

  • Oct 31, 201211:48 am
    by apa8ren9


    Havent been on here for a few days, but has there been any information regarding the starters for tonight?  I am heading to the opener tonight and I am excited about the game.  I have a man crush on Royce White.   I saw him in Vegas up close in summer league and I LOVE this dude’s game.  I dont know how much he will play but I want to see the young guys Houston has and how they mesh.   I also want to know if Frank is going to spring on us the twin towers Monroe and Drummond.  He hasnt played them together all preseason but I wonder if that is something they were working out over the last week of practice?

    • Oct 31, 201212:07 pm
      by freywagg


      Starters have not been official announced, but are expected to be as follows:
      Pistons: Monroe; Maxiell; Prince; Stuckey; Knight.
      Rockets: Asik; Patterson (if he’s out Terrance Jones is expected to start); Parsons; Harden; Lin.

  • Oct 31, 201211:52 am
    by Keith


    Will there be any pregame primer or whatnot? The Rockets really seem like a prime opponent against which to start Drummond. Asik is a non-scorer and will probably get the assignment on Monroe regardless. Lin and now Harden are big on getting to the rim, and neither Maxiell nor Monroe are rim protectors.
    Stop with the head-games, start Drummond!

  • Oct 31, 20121:04 pm
    by Remy Porsella


    Drummond received the third most votes for ROY prediction on ESPN.com, albeit only 2 votes but its still positive

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