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“In an easy, readable style David Cottrell identifies the essentials for quality leadership and management. Don’t miss Monday Morning Mentoring!” (Ken Blanchard, Co-Author The One Minute Manager® and The Secret)

About the Author

David Cottrell, president and CEO of CornerStone Leadership Institute, is an internationally known leadership consultant, educator, and speaker. His twenty-five-plus years of business experience includes senior management positions with Xerox and FedEx, and his management expertise is reflected in twenty-five highly acclaimed books, including Monday Morning Mentoring and Monday Morning Choices. He has been a featured expert on public television and has presented his leadership message to more than 300,000 managers worldwide. He lives in Horseshoe Bay, Texas, with his wife, Karen.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: HarperBusiness; 1 edition (July 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060888229
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060888220
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Peter H. Smith on March 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is short and very approachable, written in a unique conversational style with well-defined chapters. While aimed at leaders it is of value for all team members, and is structured so that you could use it to spur team conversation: "Let's read chapters and discuss them each week..."

The tools that Cottrell introduces are simple enough to memorize but are robust enough to use in real life. As another reviewer pointed out, the time management discussion and tool is powerful even though it is only a few pages long.

I find Dale Carnegie's books to be life changing, but believe this book will appeal to a wider audience today because it uses more modern language and examples. Cottrell's messages are compatible with those found in the Seven Habits and the Purpose Driven Life, but he leaves it up to the reader to connect motivation and ethics to their system of beliefs. As a result this book can be discussed with people who might feel uncomfortable with management books that tie their values and motivations directly to Christianity.

In summary, this book is priceless as a tool for bringing teammates together, especially in a secular work setting. It is short and approachable, and it is neutral from the leader/individual contributor perspective and the religious perspective.
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If you had read his other books, this book is almost identical. Especially comparing it to his "Monday Morning Choices" book. Many passages (entire paragraphs!) are copy and pasted between these two books. I bought both books, read both and then felt cheated for paying twice for what is in essence the same book. If this is your only book by David, enjoy it. But if you had read a previous book skip it.
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I really enjoyed this book a lot - it condenses a lot of practical and thought-provoking business advice into an easily-read and entertaining package. Some of the advice is stuff that we all know already, but it is delivered in such a pleasant way that it served as a good reminder. Then there was some advice that I had never heard before, despite having read about twenty business books in the last five years.

Much of the philosophizing is directed towards leading and managing other people, and for a small business owner with no employees such as myself, I found some of the advice wasn't directly useful to my kind of work, but was, surprisingly, very transferable to regular life.

I especially loved the chapter on handling all the small things in life and work that take up small chunks of time but eat away at productivity. He has some very solid and practical tips for becoming more productive at anything you do.

I really enjoyed the tone of this book and would recommend it to people wanting a "starter" business book. It is interesting and the writing flows in a conversational and fluid way, and the advice is solid and broadly useful.
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This was recommended to me to read by a tech manager. It's a good book, very easy to read. However, it sounds somewhat contrived sometimes. It is written as memoirs of a guy getting mentored by an older, wiser guy. The young guy has problems, and the older guy tells him how to solve his problems. The novel format gets tiresome. There's not enough character development for a real novel, and I think I would just prefer the style to be more non-fiction.

Great material though. I think it's a good read.
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David Cottrell's MONDAY MORNING MENTORING: TEN LESSONS TO GUIDE YOU UP THE LADDER is for any who have longed for a fulfilling career and a mentor who can help them get there. David Cottrell packs his business savvy into a guide which presents a series of sessions with one 'Jeff', who is in a slump. 'Jeff' and his problems illustrate common work issues and solutions and offer plenty of insights based on real-world events.

Diane C. Donovan

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By Spencer on March 18, 2016
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When I first started reading this book I thought I had already read it already because the story was so familiar. I opened up another book I had read before, by the same author, called Monday Morning Leadership to compare and found that the beginning of the book was verbatim. This was a little disappointing but I continued to read it anyway to see what else I could learn. After getting past the intro pages the rest of the book was very easy to understand and had great points on mentoring.
This book was a very easy read and provides some good tips to follow with numerous examples.
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Not only for leaders, but just life in general. Easy to read, loaded with fabulous advice and information. This was recommended reading in a leadership class, but I keep it handy on my desk. Reminded me of Mitch Albom, but more focused on leadership qualities and how they apply to life.
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i needed this book for work so it was a plus that it came super fast! only complaint that i have is that there are water marks on the front cover of the book and some of the pages. i thought i was buying a new book but it looks like it might have been used :\ not the best quality
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