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Indispensable By Monday: Learn the Profit-Producing Behaviors that will Help Your Company and Yourself Hardcover – February 2, 2010

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Here's the big secret: You become indispensable at your company when you improve profits. Simple enough, right? Amazingly, many employees and prospective employees miss this hidden-in-plain-sight point. The ones who don't miss this point, who understand how to incorporate profit-making, value-adding behaviors into everything they do—they're the indispensable few. Now which are you?

Indispensable by Monday lays out how you, whether you're the CEO or the mail clerk, can produce more money for your organization and increase success for yourself. Based on an exhaustive survey of 1,800 business leaders by author Larry Myler and organizational training company VitalSmarts, this helpful guide provides the exact skills and behaviors most employers look for in their employees, but too often don't find.

Immediately start adding financial value at work by learning the skills to:

  • Cut costs and increase revenues using innovative methods

  • Improve any process and increase efficiencies

  • Enhance cash flow and create a competitive advantage for your employer

  • Quantify your value with a Personal P&L Statement, no matter your role

  • Find the "most valuable" dollars that drop straight to the bottom line

  • Become a superstar both on your resume and in your next performance review

The basic goal of business is profit. Indispensable by Monday empowers you to embrace this goal as your own. If you've got a job, you'll find out how to improve and advance in it. If you're searching for a job, you'll get the tools you need to beat the competition. No matter what you do or where you do it, Indispensable by Monday offers you the surest way to make your value tangible and your success lasting.

From the Back Cover

"So many people believe hard work speaks for itself. Unfortunately, it's just a necessary, but not sufficient condition for becoming indispensable to your organization. Myler provides practical, easy-to-use advice on how to get the credit you deserve for the value you bring to an organization."—Dr. Karie Willyerd Vice President & Chief Learning Officer, Sun Microsystems, and coauthor of The 2020 Workplace

"If you want to change who you are, you must change what you do. Get the job and keep the job you deserve! Read this book on Friday so that you will be indispensable by Monday!"—Mike Murray former VP of HR, Microsoft

"As a small business owner, I was able to improve profitability by a large percentage simply by using a few of the concepts in this very valuable book." —John G. Tinsley President/CEO, Centurion Security and Investigations

"Very few business books are this direct and to the point. Use just one or two of its techniques and become a financial hero at work. It's that simple." —Senator Margaret Dayton, Utah State Senate

"I have used the ideas in this book to find over $26,000 in unexpected profit for my employer! I'm working on another $45,000 right now. The total of $71,000 will repeat year after year. That's the same profit the company would make from over $1 million in normal sales—every year! My boss loves me, and I'm loving my job security." —Ben Clore, Facilities Manager

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (February 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470554770
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470554777
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,135,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Larry Myler is a speaker, author and the CEO of By Monday, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in strategic alignment through employee engagement. Previously, Larry was president of VitalSmarts for nine years. Myler, who holds an MBA (international emphasis), is a serial entrepreneur with six startups under his belt. Over the course of his thirty-year career, he has helped others improve their businesses by consulting and training for leadership teams and employees in the areas of strategic alignment, sales expansion, profit enhancement, organizational efficiency, survey research, and more. Past clients include companies such as AT&T, Shell Oil, Lockheed Martin, and Ford Motor Company.

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Indispensable by Monday is nothing short of visionary. Finally, someone has discovered and systematized a method that literally ANY employee can use to capture the attention, appreciation, and loyalty of management. Author Larry Myler is going to be very popular very soon because of the vast number of ordinary people like you and me that he will empower in the workplace.

This book and system have no competition, period. To my knowledge, nobody has ever devised anything like the Indispensable by Monday system. Everybody wins! The employee looks like a hero, and the company significantly increases profits, which can lead to employee promotion and raises. The profit source suggestions starting on page 31 seemed particularly valuable to me.

I recommend this book and the brilliant PPG online tool to everyone I can possibly influence, because they will all have so much to gain from implementing Mr. Myler's system. I even made using the PPG tool an assignment for my Corporate Issues students. I have also given copies of this book to my consulting clients because it substantially boosts their personal and corporate profit potential. I couldn't be more enthusiastic about this system. Kudos to Mr. Myler and the Wiley editorial staff for making this available.

--Arlen L. Card
Business Law Attorney
University Professor
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I bought a copy of this book for everyone in our small company. It is actually a fun and easy read, but it introduces a mindset that every person can follow, and has made our company instantly and dramatically more profitable. Now our employees have the ability to know exactly what to do to make themselves (and our company) more profitable, and it's given them the relief of increasing their job security, too.

The Profit Proposal Generator that goes with this book is really easy to use, and I'm no accountant! (although as a small company owner I'm forced to play one in my business life).

The reviews I've seen on this book so far are right - there a number of business and employment books out there right now, but this one stands out as a definite keeper.
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This tough economy has pushed many people to the edge and over. It's understandable when these threats cause us to respond defensively, looking for villains. However, as we play "ain't it awful" and look for villains, our opportunities slip away from us. We become the bitter nay-sayer that none of us likes as a colleague, co-worker, or employee.

This book talks us back from the edge by revealing several very simple and powerful strategies for regaining control. The secret is in the title: We need to make ourselves indespensible. And the rest of the book shows us how.
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Great book; the concepts outlined helped me rethink how to add real value in the workplace. As a recent college graduate, I was pleased to read a book that helped shed light on what company leaders are (or should be) looking for in new hires. This explanation prompted me to totally revamp my resume. I feel confident the book's principal focus on always adding value helped me land the job I have today. Thanks to the author, I speak up when profits are on the line, and I will continue to search for and accurately share value-adding proposals in the future.
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Indispensable by Monday is a pragmatic, non-theoretical, real-world approach to productivity in the work place. It's a must-read for managers and job seekers looking to prove their worth via quantifiable objectives. Cash is king in any organization and the principles found here can turn any department of any organization into a cash-generating profit center. Certainly a worthy read and time well spent for anyone striving for professional success in a down (or up) economy.
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Everyone can become a better employee. Honestly, it doesn't matter where you are or who you're working for. I purchased this book on a whim one day, but I will use the lessons and principles discussed in this book during my current college employment as well as in the future when I start my career, probably to the dismay of my competitors. I think this book is a must-read. Only those who do not want to become indispensible to their company should not read this book.
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I read Indispensable by Monday because it was handed to me by a very enthusiastic co-worker. I am typically skeptical of self-improvement or motivational pieces, and fairly critical with all of my reading. I had no particular expectation, and no knowledge of the book's author, and was pleasantly surprised to discover that by the time I finished the book, I had become energized and focused.

The book asserts that the key to corporate career success is to make yourself worth more than you are paid. Larry uses pragmatic examples and good logical flow to convince me I can do this, and provides the basic tools that must be utilized to make it happen. All of that is accomplished with a very quick read, and the concepts are few enough that remembering all of them is a non-issue. Finally, the beginning and ending of the book sandwich a 100-page section that is essentially a list of ideas of where to look for ways to save or make the company more money. These are written in such a way that they can be applied to any business, so the book can be shelved for a period, then brought back down whenever brainstorming for new ways to provide your employer greater value.

All of this results in a book that does not waste the time of any reader who is looking for success in their career as an employee. It got me excited, and it gave me tools to execute. Highly recommended.
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