Make Mentoring a Standard
Tell me if you have been here. You had an amazing weekend and now you have to go back to work on Monday morning. What a drag right? The weekend is never long enough.
So many people contemplate calling in sick on Monday or if they go to work on Monday they do not have a productive day. Maybe, Tuesday they will get all of Monday’s work completed.
More than ever Monday morning leadership is becoming important to the success of kids, teens, adults, parents, bosses, employees and even the mentor.
Once you can apply the concepts successfully to business and yourself you will see that Leadership is not only for Mondays but every day of the week.
The Book – Monday Morning Leadership
Before David Cottrell wrote and published Monday Morning Leadership he already had already published 10 books. Books such as, ‘Listen up’, ‘Leaders’, ‘175 Ways To Get More Done in Less Time’ and ‘136 Effective Presentation Tips’.
All the books he has published can help you in different aspects of your business, sales, management and leaderships.
In this book, David takes the reader through 8 mentoring sessions. This book is an easy read and can help you in your career as a CEO, Manager, Employee and student.
Some people may not know this but if David had not written this important book that teachs, trains and mentors, another important book may have never been written.
David Cottrell’s book Monday Morning Leadership is the inspiration behind the book, ‘tuesdays with Morrie’ by Mitch Albom. Click the link to read more about the Morrie and his inspiring life living with ALS.
Understanding The 8 Mentoring Sessions
The book is written as a conversation between two people, Tony and Jeff. This can be anyone at the office or at home. Man, women or child. The names are not important but the message in the Monday Morning Leadership book is.
Since David has worked with many of today’s top companies this book is a good reflection of his understand and what is lacking.
David has used the principles listed below to help turn around failing leadership teams and improve employee management relations. Click the link to find ways to have an effective open communicate at your company.
Below I summarized the book chapter by chapter. I have highlighted key leadership points for you to focus on. For many this may just be a review. For others this will change you and the way your company does business moving forward.
The First Monday – Drivers and Passengers
- It is the leaders job to transition employees to manager. Then transform managers to leaders. For both parties to be a success it will require them to make different decisions.
- As the leaders or mentor, you are responsible for everything that happens in your department, at your company and the results your team attains. This fact can be hard to grasp for many.
- Leaders understand for employees, managers and different departments to be successful, they must fix the problem not find places to place the blame.
- If you want to be successful as a leader at your company, at home or even with the local sports team, you do not have the right to join the ‘pity parties’ and talk about upper management or others in a negative manner.
The Second Monday – Keep the Main Thing the Main Thing
- Great leaders and mentors understand the importance of keeping the ‘main thing’ at the top of the priority list.
- Business owners, managers, team leaders and mentors understand that employees quite because of the leadership team. Their manager or managers are not meeting their needs. The responsibility of a great leader is to make the needed changes to keep a successful team together.
The Third Monday – Escape from Management Land
As the leader of your company, it is important to:
- Hire good employees. This means you must take your time to hire the right employees for the job.
- Move people to different positions if they are not carrying their share of the work load. If they are still not able to improve it is time to part ways.
- One of the main jobs of a leader is to eliminate confusion on the team.
- A great leader understands the importance of having Monday morning meetings to coach every member to become better and an asset on the team.
The Fourth Monday – The “Do Right” Rule
- A successful leader who is forward thinking and understand the long-term goal, should make the right decisions even when no one is watching.
- Leaders understand the importance of making the best choices before problems in the company, issues with employees or surprises by the competition arise.
- Managers, leaders and mentors understand it is vital to have an action plan long before the crisis develops. This mean good leaders considers problems and solutions before anything happens and are prepared to handle everything.
The Fifth Monday – Hire Tough
- Good leaders use role-playing to help employees feel confident and prepare for any situation that can come up.
- Leadership is about maintaining people’s self-respect and dignity while being firm and fair with them.
- One of the most important asset in your company is having the RIGHT PEOPLE on your team. People who can complete tasks, follow direction and understand what is needed of them before they are told what is needed of them.
- Business owners know the greatest liability of the company could be having the WRONG PEOPLE on the team.
- If managers hire staff using higher standards, they make it a whole lot easier to manage the RIGHT PEOPLE.
The Sixth Monday – Do Less or Work Faster
- No matter what segment of the business you work in, leaders understand how they manager their time, is their responsibility. The better they manager their time the better opportunities come their way.
- Mentor teach managers, leaders and employees the importance of setting aside some uninterrupted planning time every day. This could be 10-15 minutes each morning or after work.
- Great leaders find ways to control the amount of email delivered to their inbox. They also understand the importance of relying to email in batches not one at a time as they come in.
- Successful students, employees, managers and leaders understand the importance of not letting the person who is interrupting you to sit down. Once they get comfortable it can be hard to get them out of your office.
- Your job as the manager is to keep everyone on the team accountable to each other. Start and end meetings on time.
- To achieve different levels of success you must eliminate as many transitions from one activity to another. Focus on one task at a time.
When I was employed at the insurance company my system was to not pick up every phone call. I would return all phone calls within the 4-hour window allowed to me. I would listen to the voice mails, find the answers to the questions and then call everyone back. At times, I was calling 20 different people but I was way more efficient with my time and was effective in getting all my work completed daily.
The Seventh Monday – Buckets and Dippers
- Good leaders understand the fact they need the team more than the team needs them.
- Mentors and leaders know that their job is to help each team member become better at their job.
- A smart people focused leader will focus his or her attention on uplifting their team using positive words to inspire positive results.
- A leader who creates confusion and inconsistencies on the team is draining the positive out of his or her staff.
- Entrepreneurs, managers and leaders understand that employee feedback should be specific and timely if you want to encourage a positive habit or stop a negative one.
- One of the leader’s jobs is to let the team know how well it’s doing as a team and how to continually improve.
The Eighth Week- Enter the Learning Zone
- Leader understand the importance of DISCIPLINE. They set aside time every day to read, listen to audio programing or mastermind with like-minded people.
- Mentors know the human tendency is to listen better when we attend outside seminars and conferences.
If you are the manager and are going to take responsible for a team, or if you are an employee of a company and looking to grow to become a leader one day, this book is for you.
Monday Morning Leadership: 8 Mentoring Sessions You Can’t Afford to Miss, is a great read and should be used as a guide when working in an employee, employer relationship.
The principles in this book will help you become the leader you want to become for the betterment of your team.
If I could speak for David Cottrell, he and myself would suggest purchasing the book. While reading the book, underling the key sentences and concepts that standout to you.
Each one of the 8 principles talked about should be looked at and implemented as soon as you can if you are looking to get quick results from your efforts.
You can give this book to your employees and have them read it. This way everyone on the team understands the manual that is being used to change the way leaders are mentoring future leaders.
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