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Monday Morning Leadership

March 12, 2014

This book was written by David Cottrell. I just finished it and I LOVED it.

Here is a brief look at the lessons in the book.

Drivers & Passengers

-Placing blame focuses on the past; Accepting responsibility focuses on the future

– When you write things down  you commit to them

-Until you accept total responsibility you will not be able to achieve your goals

– Moving from manager to leader requires making different decisions


Keep the Main Thing the Main Thing

“Your job is not crisis management and your people are not firefighters”

-People have different perceptions to what the main thing is

-People quit people before they quit companies

Escape from Management Land

-Get in touch with your people

-Don’t lower the bottom by accommodating the falling stars; raise the top by praising the super stars

-In management land nothing is as it seems. It is frustrating and simple things become complex

The Do Right Rule

-Develop your action plan for crises before they happen

-Guard your integrity like it is your most precious possession

Hire Tough

-Fired staff fire themselves, you are just enforcing their decisions

-Your most important asset is having the RIGHT people

-Don’t lower your standards to fill a position

Do Less or Work Faster

-Prioritizing/Organizing  ->   *Touch each paper only once  *Set aside time to plan each day   * Audit each report you get  * Clean your desk  *Control your email deliveries  * Group similar activities together  *Eat when no one else eats

-Interruptions  ->  *Keep track of who is interrupting and why   *Keep the interruption short   *Face your desk away from the flow of traffic  *Schedule one-on-one meetings with your team

-Meetings  ->  *Productive but short meetings   *Don’t have routine meetings  *Start with important topics  *Start and end on time   *Don’t recap if someone is late

-Take responsibility for your time and decide how you will spend it

Buckets and Dippers

-Full buckets require knowing the main things important to doing a good job

-Provide bucket holders with sincere, specific, and timely feedback. Align with the receiver’s values

-Let them know that you care

-Team must know that they are doing well as a team

Enter the Learning Zone

Room 1: Reading Room                                   Room 2: Listening Room                           Room 3: Giving Room

-Live in the learning zone. Set goals and write them down

-Get out of your comfort zone

-Listen to the people around you

-Read for 10 minutes a day

-Give back, set goals, stay positive

Resources to check out:;

Time! by David Cottrell

175 Ways to Get More Done in Less Time


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