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Shifting the Monkey: The Art of Protecting Good from Liars, Criers, and Other Slackers [Hardcover]

Todd Whitaker
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational July 15 2014
By Dn
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As a new school administer and a business owner on the side, this book has helped me understand how to more effectively work with people in all facets of my life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Easy read - quality advice Oct. 19 2013
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For those leaders looking to get the most out of all staff, this book is for you. Amazon delivers this title - quick and efficient service.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great read for leaders in all areas Aug. 4 2013
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Practical and easy to read. Full of great information and areas to target for self-reflection as a leader! I recommend this for leaders in education and other areas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome book June 14 2013
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just skimmed through it as it is part of my summer reading pile. I have read many reviews and hope to read it soon
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5.0 out of 5 stars Start shifting now! April 23 2012
By Ronald E. Owings - Published on
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This is a must-read for every leader, in every profession! As a school administrator, I often found myself putting more work on my best people, while letting the slackers avoid challenging tasks. Dr. Todd Whitaker offers simple, logical ways to lessen the burden of your best employees, while raising expectations for those sad dogs of gloom who avoid work by making others miserable.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Changes Your Thinking! May 14 2012
By Amy.Bosley - Published on
This book will change the way you think! "Shifting the Monkey" has become one of my favorite phrases. I used to have "monkeys" throughout all aspects of my life. Now I put those monkeys in their place! It's thrilling to feel the success of monkey shifting! I even keep track of my shifts on a daily basis.

The process is addicting...... the book is phenomenal........ and your life will change!
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!! March 20 2013
By Lynda L. Peugh - Published on
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I work for the U.S. Government, which is a hotbed for management "shifting monkeys." I have worked for the U.S. Government for 47 years. The person who is the slacker or breaks the rules is never dealt with - management calls us all in to a general staff meeting or sends out e:mails reminding us of the rules. This book was written for my management to read. Even if they read it, they wouldn't do anything about it, but I plan to put a route slip on it and route it around to our management the day I retired (at the end of this year).

This book is a terrific book and EVERY person in supervision should read it and heed it. LOVED IT!!!!!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars simplistic and overly general April 2 2014
By Mike F. - Published on
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This is generic, anecdotal, and an amateur effort. Credibility could have been added by referencing some research in support of his suggestions. The most useful part is summed up by the three questions he keeps coming back to, but I found that his suggestions for shifting the monkey in each chapter are unrealistic, sometimes inappropriate, and occasionally cringe-worthy (I.e. Ostracizing the woman in his church example).
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read Feb. 15 2013
By Shakespeare - Published on
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This is a must read for educators, school leaders, industry leaders, parents, and anyone else who works or lives around other people. Shifting the Monkey has changed my life. Also, the author, Todd Whitaker, is a good man. I read it as part of a Twitter discussion and many times Mr. Whitaker participated in the discussion with us so we could enjoy the benefit of his insight. It says a lot that he cared to take time to talk about his book with us.
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