Nine Minutes on Monday | Book Review
James Robbins has written a story-filled, engaging book for immediate use when transitioning from manager to leader. Buy it.
“In Osvaldo’s mind, he is ultimately paid to do one thing – to get people to the top of the mountain -- What are you being paid to do?”
Borrowed and assembled from pages seven and eight (and a reminder from our High-Payoff Activities exercise), Robbins challenges us: Who or what are we? Just tech support, an individual contributor, a cog in the wheel, or- perhaps - a growing leader?
The Nine Needs
Robbins describes Nine Needs that drive us:
Addressing these nine needs, one minute at a time, once a week, form the book’s outline.
Credit Robbins for going deep, repeatedly citing Herzberg (pages 62, 89, 111, 118), then perhaps hinting Viktor Frankl (control page 115), and highlighting Csíkszentmihályi (pages 63-68). Motivation is indeed a big deal. Recommending small doses, as in helping one person (via each minute summary) each week lowers the engagement bar allowing anyone to start with minimal routine changes.
Chapters 5 – 13 address the primary (chapters 5-8) and secondary (chapters 9-13) needs.
Minute Chapter Summary (pages)
One 5 58-59
Two 6 78-79
Three 7 95-96
Four 8 106-107
Five 9 120-121
Six 10 135-136
Seven 11 155-156
Eight 12 168-169
Nine 13 183-184
Chapter 10, Foam Pits and Trampolines: The Need to Grow, is a gem, indirectly obliterating phony exercises such as annual performance reviews by challenging a daily commitment to coaching and mentoring by each individual supervisor. Idea: A social contract based on this chapter required for new supervisors.
A Final Thought
“Yet, according to a poll by Maritz Research, only 11 percent of employees strongly agree that their managers show consistency between their words and actions.” - page 45.
How do you measure up? Buy this book for yourself today, and tomorrow for those you are coaching to lead.
JE | October 2014