Breathing Oxygen

How Positive Leadership Gives Life to Winning Cultures

Positive, healthy thinking is as essential to great leadership and building a winning culture as the air we breathe.

Leading yourself and a team of people has never been more complicated than it is today.

As a leader, every move you make is either breathing life into your organization or slowly killing it. The atmosphere can easily turn toxic, with negativity, blame, and doubt poisoning the culture.

Just like every human being on the planet needs good air to breathe, every organization needs leadership that breathes life into its people to sustain the energy required to complete its mission.

Nine out of every ten employees say they would take a pay cut to work for a more meaningful culture. Are you breathing enough oxygen into your organization to give it meaning?

Over the past decade, leadership expert Jason Barger has advised some of the world’s biggest brands—including Deloitte, Wendy’s, Caribou Coffee, Ultimate Software, Syracuse University, Nationwide Insurance, NetJets, Kaiser Permanente, and many others—on how to engage the minds and hearts of their people.

In Breathing Oxygen, Barger explores six key mindsets—Clarity, Inclusivity, Agility, Grit, Rest, and Ownership—that bring energy to every team and expand their productivity and your organization’s potential.

ISBN: 978-1-63755-232-2
SKU: 18-964-01
Categories:Amplify Publishing, Business and Finance, Leadership and Management

“Every winning team breathes in good oxygen that fuels their mindsets and culture. Many losing teams share too much toxic air of blame, selfish pursuits, or excuses. It starts with a choice that every individual and every leader makes. Jason Barger’s message is refreshing and needed to build healthy teams.”—Shane Battier, Two-time NBA champion

“Positive leadership and positive cultures are needed more than ever. There are people who breathe life into every relationship, room, and team, and also those who steal the oxygen and energy. Thanks to Jason for breathing good oxygen into others!”—Jon Gordon, Twelve-time bestselling author of The Energy Bus and The Power of Positive Leadership

“Servant Leadership is about giving energy and care to others and a mission greater than self. The best cultures breathe oxygen into the mindsets of their people in alignment with their values. Jason Barger’s work and spirit continue to give energy to me and countless teams in the world.”—Howard Behar, Former president, Starbucks Coffee

“Behaviors such as agility, grit, empathy, and inclusivity have never been more essential and more valued in the workplace. Jason Barger’s six key mindsets highlight the behaviors that propel great leaders and drive great cultures.”—Coley O’Brien, Chief people officer, The Wendy’s Company

“Culture and values are the air we breathe. They are things we never stop working on, developing, and sharing with each other. Jason Barger is on target again that leaders and all associates breathe life into winning cultures!”—Cameron Mitchell, Founder, Cameron Mitchell Restaurants

“It’s clear from the research that meaningful cultures don’t just magically happen. They are co-created by leaders and people who breathe intentional oxygen into their habits, practices, structures, and operations. Jason Barger’s insights for developing leaders and cultures are foundational!”—Tamara Myles, Author, speaker, and researcher

Jason V. Barger

Author, Speaker, and Leadership Consultant

Jason V. Barger is committed to engaging people’s minds and hearts. As the founder of Step Back Leadership Consulting, which was recognized as a Top 20 Leadership Development training and coaching company by HR Tech Outlook, Jason is a sought-after keynote speaker and leadership and culture consultant who has worked with some of the world’s biggest brands. His previous books—Step Back from the Baggage Claim, ReMember, and Thermostat Cultures—have been celebrated by the New York Times and global media. He has also been recognized as a Top 200 Thought Leader to Follow by PeopleHum and a Forty Under 40 leader by Business First. In 2004, he received a Jefferson Award, a national award given to ordinary people doing extraordinary things. He is also the host of the hit podcast The Thermostat with Jason Barger.