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Thank God It's Monday!: How to Create a Workplace You and Your Customers Love Hardcover – April 18, 2009

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Today’s #1 Secret of Profitability and Performance


“Thank God Roxanne is willing to share her special mix of motivation and proven methods to supercharge your workplace. Readers will move from ‘Thank God It’s Monday’ to ‘I Wish Every Day Could Be Monday.’”

Harvey Mackay, author of the New York Times #1 bestseller Swim With the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive


"Thank God It's Monday! is a mantra all organizations should chant.  This book helps you not only see the joy that work can bring but it gives you ways to bring it to life.  Buy this book only if you truly want to transform your organization."

John Christensen, creator of the FISH! Philosophy and coauthor of FISH!


“I love this book! Roxanne Emmerich’s ability to transform organizations is nothing short of miraculous. She’s the real deal. Every employer should have this book for every employee, AND any person who wants to be happy at work needs to buy it for themselves.”

Jack Canfield, author of The Success Principles and coauthor of the Chicken Soup for the Soul® series


“Roxanne Emmerich provides an important reminder that trust, integrity, accountability, and FUN are the cornerstones of real business results. Changing the culture of your workplace can be challenging but delivers an undeniable return. Given we spend at least a third of our adult lives at work, we should all aim to wake up after the weekend and shout, ‘TGIM!’”

Jeffrey Hayzlett, Chief Marketing Officer, Eastman Kodak Company


“Read Thank God It’s Monday! and let Roxanne Emmerich’s engaging stories and inspiring ideas help you create passion in your organization. The words ‘love’ and ‘work’ can be used in the same sentence!”

Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The One Minute Manager® and author of Leading at a Higher Level


Thank God It’s Monday! is about loving what you’re doing and creating massive results. Roxanne Emmerich introduces you to two CEOs: one desperately struggling to stay afloat and another who’s discovered a better route to growth and profitability. As you join them both on their journey, you’ll gain valuable insights for jumpstarting positive change from anywhere in the organization…replacing dysfunctional organizational behaviors with passion and creativity…overcoming setbacks…making vision and values actually work!


Whether you’re on the front line, in an office, or running the show, you’ll see how to: 

     •  Replace dysfunctional behaviors with passion and creativity

     •  Overcome setbacks with a “bring it on” attitude

     •  Breathe results-generating life into vision and values

     •  Think big and make big things happen


Thank God It’s Monday! presents a unique approach that makes an impact on three groups at once:

     •   Employees discover how to win at work and love their work

     •   Companies turn around results quickly and profoundly

     •   Customers experience a powerful and visible commitment to their success


You will shift from a “why we can’t” to a “how we can” workplace...in one day! Your customers will go crazy about you. You will find yourself loving to go to work where everyone exclaims, Thank God It’s Monday!


Guest Review: John Christensen on Thank God It’s Monday!

Imagine a business where people love coming to work and are highly productive on a daily basis. Does such a place even exist in today’s sorely challenged economy? Yes Virginia, there are GOOD places to work, and experts like Roxanne Emmerich have proven that growth and profitability of successful companies begins on the inside.

In her new book Thank God It’s Monday! How to Create a Workplace You and Your Customers Love, Emmerich offers a unique insight into the workplace – what makes it tick, what grinds it to a halt, and what revives, resurrects, and rebuilds it. Transcending mere workplace “self-help” for morale and motivation, Emmerich challenges employees on every level from the stockroom to the boardroom to take charge, commit, own-up, and be extraordinary at what they do.

Offering practical advice on accountability, value-oriented business, and focused results and celebration of those, Thank God It’s Monday! is both practical and powerful in its strategies to create result-oriented companies with fully engaged employees. This book should be read by every employee, manager, and boss ready to take an honest and objective look at their performance and its impact on their company, and by every member of today’s troubled workforce looking to make a profound and positive change.

John Christensen is the critically acclaimed co-author, award-winning filmmaker, and CEO of ChartHouse Learning Corporation whose books include Fish! A Remarkable Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results. Christensen is frequently quoted in national publications, including The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Money, and USA Today.

About the Author

Roxanne Emmerich has consulted with half of the nation’s top 1% performing financial institutions as well as hundreds of other business leaders. Her book, Profit-Growth Banking, has been called “the bible of successful business.”


A 20-year management consultant and three-time Entrepreneur of the Year winner, Roxanne has proven that companies grow when their people grow. Thank God It’s Monday! outlines a system for bringing profits and fun to business. She shows how to create a "Thank God It’s Monday" workplace with employees on fire and a bottom line that proves it. She uses her "Kick-Butt Kick-Off" strategy to create immediate culture shifts and achieve tangible results.


A member of the National Speakers Hall of Fame, she is noted by Sales and Marketing Management magazine as one of the most requested speakers for instilling a “bring it on” attitude. She has written hundreds of articles and is frequently interviewed by national media for practical business insights.


A distinguished alum of the University of Wisconsin, Roxanne served as a key advisor to former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson and as Editor-in-Chief of Extraordinary Banker magazine. She is also the founder of Permission to Be Extraordinary Summit, an executive breakthrough program run by her company, The Emmerich Group.


Roxanne resides in Minneapolis with her husband and children.




Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: FT Press; 1 edition (April 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0138158053
  • ISBN-13: 978-0138158057
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #488,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Roxanne Emmerich is America's most sought-after workplace transformation expert. She is listed by Sales and Marketing Management magazine as one of the 12 most requested speakers in the country for her ability to transform negative workplace performance and environments into "bring it on" results-oriented cultures.

Roxanne's new book "Thank God It's Monday" is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Business Week, and Amazon #1 bestseller.

As President and CEO of the Emmerich Group, Inc. she has consulted and spoken to most of the financial institutions in the top one percent of performance, as well as clients like Merck, Pfizer, Allianz, Lockheed Martin and hundreds of other leaders in almost every industry. Roxanne was inducted into the National Speaker Hall of Fame for her impact and quantifiable effectiveness.

She has also published hundreds of articles in leading publications on such topics as leadership for results, employee engagement for bottom AND top-line improvement, profit-rich growth strategies, and a multitude of other workplace breakthrough issues.

A three-time Entrepreneur of the Year and 2010 Philanthropist of the Year, Roxanne served Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson as a key advisor on reinventing state government and serves as Editor-In-Chief of Extraordinary Banker® Magazine. She is in demand for interviews by CNN, NPR, CBS, and other media outlets nationwide for her proven ability to help workplaces get unstuck and achieve radically improved results quickly.

Roxanne's experience includes:

* Founder, CEO and President of Emmerich Financial, the leading culture transformation consulting firm for community banks
* Founder and co-owner of two bank holding companies
* Developer of the Permission to Be Extraordinary Summit® for high-performing CEOs and top execs
* Starting one of the fastest-to-profit community banks in the country
* Singled out as the 2003 University of Wisconsin Distinguished Alumna
* Developer of the most popular seminar for high performing bankers, Marketing and Sales Management Boot Camp™, attended by thousands of bank executives--with 99 percent saying they'd recommend to a friend!
* Editor-In-Chief of Extraordinary Banker® magazine, circulated to 25,000 financial industry executives

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This book shares the same theme as Instant Turnaround!: Getting People Excited About Coming to Work and Working Hard by Harry Paul and Ross Reck (to get the most out of employees, treat them with respect, and motivate them with trust instead of fear). Unfortunately, it shares the weakness, namely oversimplifying the real world, ignoring all other tasks of management other than cheerleading. Beyond that, it attempts to add poor philosophy, making statements such as "gut feelings are never wrong" and that to get enthusiasm, all one needs to do is "just decide to come alive". Further, she states that "there are two kinds of people in life and in business-givers and takers." This is categorically false in a (even somewhat) capitalistic society- there people are traders who trade value for value.

The book also focuses more on addressing symptoms than finding and solving root causes. For example, the book talks about the need to eliminate gossip (without giving detail how to do it other than not to tolerate it), but fails to mention the fact the root of most gossip is an office with inadequate communications.

If you are looking for a book to improve the culture, and hence the output, of a business, I highly recommend Open-Book Management: Coming Business Revolution, The by John Case.
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I was looking forward to reading this book: the idea of creating a pleasant and productive work environment is certainly something that the majority of workers could benefit from. Unfortunately, this book adds little to the debate other than insisting chapter after chapter that treating co-workers and customers with dignity, respect and friendliness makes for a better business. This core idea, repeated endlessly through motivational-poster style one-liners told in the style of fictional third-person prose, is great but the book never delves into the practicalities of making this work in a real business environment.

The fictional prose element is really irritating. It makes it hard to find the concrete points that anchor the author's philosophy, and it's simply irrelevant to know that Sophie from Austin - whose father isn't paying child support and hasn't for years - enjoyed the airport because a band was playing and the TSA inspectors were in a good mood, while the wafting smell of authentic Texas barbecue put her in a near-Catatonic state. First, I lived in Texas, and I can tell you that Austin airport is the last place I'd go for anything authentic. But more importantly, this two-dimensional fiction overlaying a business book is completely unhelpful.

The other weakness is that in simplifying the problems of running a business to lack of cheer leading results in conclusions that are just plain wrong or redundant. "Gut feelings are never wrong" according to this author (just look at my gut feeling that this book would be good), and gossiping in offices is unproductive (which is true, but the more important question is how to eliminate it).
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Yawn. I had high hopes for this book, especially when I saw an endorsement by the author of FISH. The book introduces a shocking concept (cough, cough). Happy, productive employees are good for business. You need someone to write a book about that. Reminds me of my old employers health care program: don't get sick.

The ideas in this book are great. Get 360 degree buy in by employees, managers, owners and then implement the change. Using "real world" examples the author talks about a management consultant coming into a company resistant to change and after hard work got buy in.

Great. Hire your own consultant and you too can get these results. She leave untouched how stuck organizations can get unstuck to implement these changes. If only it were that simple. Wake up on a Monday and change your business 180 degrees. From a consultants perspective it's easy!

Nothing in the book is untrue or unhelpful, it's just not easily implemented especially without outsiders who can peer in to your organization from the inside out. And if her ideas of positive attitude were so easily implemented, the book wouldn't be needed. The book presupposes use of an outside consulting firm. And if you are using an outside consulting firm, why buy a self-help book.

Why could I just see this on Bill Lumbergh's desk...yeah.
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THANK GOD IT'S MONDAY by Roxanne Emmerich is a small, 176 page book. There are no diagrams or graphs. The book could be subtitled, MANAGEMENT LITE, because of the fact that the writing dwells on easy-to-read descriptions of workplace environments, but provides solutions that are glib and of little substance.

The book is a bit too self-promotional. For example, the author states that she has created "profound change for hundreds of companies . . . many businesses double profits and size within three years." (page 1). Fortunately, the writing after this very early point in the book improves somewhat (but still suffers from severe disorganization problems).

The author is careful to set the context, in describing certain work environments, where the goal is that the reader will more easily understand the recommended solutions. We learn about an automobile repair shop on the rough side of town. However, we also learn that the employees are cheerful, customer-oriented, and technically savvy. The author provides a clearcut takeaway lesson, "Sara's mind begins to embrace the idea that if a place on the tougher side of the highway that fixes broken car windows can be a great place to be, then maybe working where she works can be fun." (page 11).

We learn about management attitudes that lead to good management versus bad management. A poor manager describes his vacation trip to Mexico as a "vacation to get away from his employees." (page 19). The book does refer to poor management techniques, "being controlling, heavy handed, or neurotic" (page 27), but unfortunately fails to provides a concrete example at this point. Later on, we find a description of poor management, "a management style that emulated Simon Legree . . ." (page 75).
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