Book Review: “The No Complaining Rule: Positive Ways to Deal with Negativity at Work” by Jon Gordon

This is a relatively short book about cultivating a positive work culture. The central theme is simple: no complaining, negativity or the “cancer” in the work environment as insinuated by the author, who uses a fictional story to drill down the point effectively though seems corny at times.

The tools given by the authors are:
1. No complaining days
2. Use “but” phrase at the end of a complaint to turn around the negativity. Give thanks, show gratitude every time you think of complaining.
3. Focus on “get to” instead of “have to.” Focused on being blessed instead of stressed. Focus on gratitude.
4. Turn complaints into solutions. Every complaint represents a opportunity to turn a negative into a positive.

Five things to do instead of complaining.
1. Practice gratitude.
2. Praise others. Focus on what they’re doing right.
3. Focus on success: start a success journal. Before you go to bed, write down the one great thing about your day.
4. Let go. Let go of the things that are beyond your control.
5. Pray and meditate.

The fictional character, Hope, divorced and was faced with two problem teenagers, crisis at work, and personal health problem. She was down and negative. Of course, the heroes of the day were: 1. the gardener who argued the best way to drive away weed (negativity) is to foster a healthy environment for the grass, leaving no room for weed. 2. the nurse who taught her how to stay positive, 3. the children who responded to Hope’s no-complaining rule. Corny, isn’t it? But it’s effective in driving home the essence of the story in people’s mind. Hard to forget stories.