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Nine Minutes on Monday: The Quick and Easy Way to Go From Manager to Leader [Hardcover]

James Robbins
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Book Description

Sept. 5 2012

The Globe & Mail's #1 Business Book of the Year!


Low performance and high turnover is not the result of lazy, apathetic workers. It's not about decreasing budgets. And it's not about a terrible economy.

It's about leadership that doesn't engage employees.

In Nine Minutes on Monday, leadership guru James Robbins argues that employee engagement comes down to one thing: a constant dedication to meeting the universal needs that drive performance excellence. In today's chaotic, high-stakes business environment, it is easy to get distracted from leadership responsibilities by focusing on tasks at hand instead of on strategy. But when you neglect to keep your leadership priorities in front of you, everyone suffers--your staff, your organization and, in the end, you.

Whether you lead a small team or an entire organization, you’ll discover the nine keys to raising productivity, boosting morale, and increasing employee engagement. Nine Minutes on Monday combines proven engagement drivers and principles of human motivation into a simple system of execution that will show immediate results. Inside you'll find:

  • The "9 Minute" template for maintaining focus on your leadership priorities--no matter how busy you are
  • Three key questions that will help you connect purpose to paycheck for your staff
  • A four-step formula for addressing subpar performance and driving complacency from the workplace
  • A simple coaching model for fast-track staff development
  • Four reward/recognition tools that will leave your employees feeling valued and motivated
  • The one simple activity that will forge deep bonds of trust between you and your employees
  • Three key ingredients that will immediately increase the motivation level of any employee

Being a great leader is never easy, but Robbins breaks it all down into essential components to reveal its fundamental simplicity. Nine Minutes on Monday is your road map to igniting purpose, passion, and engagement among your team members. Master and apply the tools and techniques inside, and your employees will be motivated, inspired, and equipped to bring their best to work each and every day.

Quick and simple leadership lessons for boosting performance, morale, and engagement

"James Robbins is a terrifi c observer, thinker, and storyteller. He also has marvelous insights about how leaders can help employees become more connected to their work setting. He weaves together personal stories with thoughtful leadership insights into a compelling book. If leaders will do the nine minutes he suggests each Monday morning, they will become what we have called ‘meaning makers' who deliver enormous value to their employees, customers, investors, and communities." -- Dave Ulrich, professor, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan; partner, The RBL Group; coauthor, The Why of Work

"It really works! Robbins provides simple and practical tools to help all managers get on the road toward becoming great leaders. These nine easy-to-use principles are relevant to today's work environment and yet so often overlooked. Thank you for helping me to make a difference to my team." -- Sue Travis, HR Manager, Lowe's

"Every manager in your workplace needs this book. Practical and easily doable ideas that will help turn your managers into truly inspiring leaders." -- Michael Kerr, "The Workplace Energizer" and author of Putting Humor to Work

"Great easy read with lots of practical applications for leaders looking to improve their game and really make a difference in the lives of those they lead." -- Debbie Stein, CFO AltaGas

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About the Author

JAMES ROBBINS is a consultant and professional speaker who helps organizations increase productivity and decrease employee turnover. By weaving his own tales of adventure into thought-provoking presentations on leadership, James equips managers to lead with excellence.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Nine Minutes On Monday Sept. 30 2012
Nine Minutes on Monday offer readers a practical plan for creating and sustaining work and business relationships in a world where people can feel isolated, disengaged and overlooked. What I LOVE about this book is its heart to encourage managers to lead by example, while supporting people to discover, develop and use their gifts to connect, grow and give.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very insightful and enjoyable read ! Sept. 26 2012
I really enjoyed this book and gleaned so many great insights on how to manage others effectively. Being a simple person myself I like how the author breaks it down with straightforward points spiced with entertaining true stories to make the points come across personally. I would recommend this book to anyone who is in a managing role, leadership position, or just wants to know what effective leadership in our workplaces should mirror in our modern age.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Framework Dec 29 2013
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Simple and practical ..... Will help leaders focus in and not neglect key engagement. It only takes discipline and commitment from you!

Roll up your sleeves.... People end up where you lead them or allow them to go.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Are you a mountain climber or a mountaineering guide? Oct. 5 2012
By L. David Marquet - Published on
Can you really be a better leader in just 9 minutes? That's the premise of James Robbins' new book, 9 Minutes on Monday.

Currently on Amazon there are 365,000 books in the leadership and management category. That's 1000 for every day of the year. Why should you care about another one?

James Robbins grew up at the base of the Canadian Rockies. Inspired by the mountains, he combined his love of climbing with his passion for people. Initially propelled to be a preacher, corporations became interested in his secular leadership seminars where he combined his honest, observation of the human condition with his experiences climbing mountains (both as mountaineer and guide). He has a program and now a book.

The title refers to a reflective and structured 9 minutes at the start of every week where leaders actively decide what actions they will take during the week when interacting with their subordinates. I like this approach, as it is habit-centric in that the focus is on the behavior.

Secondly, the content is good. Rife with mountain climbing stories, James deconstructs the elements of good leadership in today's world where thinking is the most important activity your people do.

James makes the case that humans, including you and your subordinates, are motivated by 4 primary and 5 secondary needs. The 4 primary needs are:
* Care
* Mastery
* Recognition
* Purpose

The 5 secondary needs are:
* Freedom
* Connect
* Play
* Model
* Grow

He has chapters for each of these needs and provides concrete behaviors for how to meet the need for yourself and your employees. Throughout the book are woven some more enduring themes such as trust.

I found the book helpful, practical, and coaching without pontificating. It's a welcome addition to any leadership library and would also serve as a supplemental text or workbook for organizations wanting to improve the leadership skills of their people.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Feast of Leadership Principles Sept. 29 2012
By Scott R Green - Published on
James has captured something very special in this compelling treatment of leadership: a content and format that "sticks to the ribs." Like most of us, I've read dozens of leadership management books, and have managed to retain a very small part of them in my own leadership skill set. I am more ambitious with this book. James writes with clarity, focus, humor, humility, and with a sense of mission. I can feel his belief in this way of leading, and when I read, I even feel his belief in me, in us. I love the integration of clear principles, larger stories that cement unforgettable context, apt illustrations, and summations we can hold onto and truly practice, step by step over time. Guess what I've put into my weekly calendar now on Monday mornings? (At least for nine minutes)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Relatable and Actionable for Any Leader Sept. 27 2012
By RF - Published on
James shares stories from a career in leadership that are easily relatable for anyone who has spent time managing or leading groups. His examples give a clear picture of what it looks like when leaders are focused on the most important aspects of there job: Getting great results from their people and taking their team up whatever mountain they face. His plan gives leaders time to focus on these things, and is simple enough that anyone can start putting it into practice immediately.

My organization treats Mondays as bad as any, and makes me think what great things could be possible if more leaders read and put into practice the principles James shares.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nine Minutes Engages Employees for Business Results Aug. 17 2013
By L. Roe - Published on
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James Robbins book Nine Minutes on Monday is full of practical strategies (and examples) that managers can apply to become leaders of individuals and their teams. As noted in the book, our job as managers is to produce results and we achieve results through our people. Nine Minutes builds on what we know about human needs and motivation and positive company cultures. It provides a road map to follow weekly to ensure our employee's needs get met. The accompanying tools including the Nine Minutes on Monday Template and 8-Week Tracker make putting the nine strategies into practice on a regular basis both realistic and achievable. You will find Nine Minutes on Monday a good investment to grow your leadership skills, grow your people and grow your business.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Book for Everyday Sept. 26 2012
By Steven L. Johnson - Published on
I've been waiting for this book. Seriously. I've heard Mr. Robbins speak and, well, I've heard a lot of people speak and forgotten everything they said. As a minister I'm either in front of an audience or sitting in an audience most of the time and the truth is more speakers are forgettable than not. But James Robbins is captivating and when he let me know his book was available I immediately sought it out and read it. I'd been hoping that the book would have the same feel as hearing the man talk in person and it does. James speaking appeals to me because he is an adventurer and the book has the same attraction and magnetism that I felt when he was talking about climbing mountains and guiding people to fulfill their dreams. Yes, it's a practical little manual on leadership and usefully laid out; but for me his stories are captivating, motivating and memorable and his contribution to the avalanche of "leader books" stands well above most anything else you can read. Not just for Monday, James Robbin's "Nine Minutes on Monday" is going to be good for all the rest of the days of the week as well.
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