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Shifting the Monkey: The Art of Protecting Good People From Liars, Criers, and Other Slackers - a book on school leadership and teacher performance Hardcover – March 10, 2014
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Shifting the Monkey is one of those rare books that really challenges you to think differently.
Dana Altman, Head Men's Basketball Coach, University of Oregon
A great book . . . gives good perspective for dealing with the difficult employee. I highly recommend this book for all people who direct and manage others.
--William C. McIlroy, President of the Community State Bank of Missouri, Bowling Green, Missouri
About the Author
Todd Whitaker is a professor of educational leadership at Indiana State University. One of the nation's leading authorities on employee motivation and leadership effectiveness, his message has resonated with over a million professionals around the world. He has written more than twenty books.
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So, I agree with Mr. Whitaker. This book differs from his others in two ways. The first is that it is written to apply to the business world rather than the education world. That's good because the same message applies. Our policies and behavior should be driven by the best, not the worst.
I found Mr. Whitaker's overuse of the "monkey" device to be really annoying. I know that the monkey is a gimmick to make this book unique and memorable. To me, it got in the way of the message. It didn't help that in my world "a monkey on your back" is an implication of drug use. The book would have been clearer without the monkey. Secondly, I think Mr. Whitaker could have really used an editor. I didn't catch any grammatical or spelling errors. I caught a lot of repetition. Some repetition drives home a point. More is padding. Too much is insulting. Mr. Whitaker was insulting.
The message in the book is good. But, the monkey gimmick and the repetition overshadowed the good.
My only criticism is that the concept was fully developed in another author's work, which I learned later when the title appeared in my recommended titles from Amazon. I've since read "The One Minute Manager Meets The Monkey." I am sad to say that Whitaker has not really added to the original concept- hence the two-star rating.
Solid examples, useful strategies, and a very fast read.
You'll be aware of instances when colleagues are shifting responsibilities and you'll catch yourself doing the same.
No heavy-handed tactics, solid tools for keeping folks responsible for their own actions and responsibilities (monkeys).