Tuesday, October 16, 2012

BOOK REVIEW: Thank God It's Monday! by Roxanne Emmerich

ABOUT THE BOOK (from Amazon):

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!

MY REVIEW:

Who wants to be miserable at work 40 hours a week or to view their job as just a means to a paycheck?  Work should be fun, challenging and inspiring; and we each have the power to change our workplace environment beginning with ourselves, regardless of the position we are currently in.

"Most people spend their entire lives in unquestioned routines, never hearing the calling of how great they could be if only they refocused on making a profound difference through their work—no matter what they do." (location 354, Kindle format)

Thank God It’s Monday! is inspirational for anyone who has ever had a job, from a receptionist to a sales person to the CEO, because we all have an impact on the success of the company or organization we work for.  Understanding how we fit individually within the bigger picture and that every one of us has the power within ourselves to change the culture of our workplace is the key to making a difference.

"Leadership is not a position—it’s a way of being. It’s about being determined to make big things happen regardless of your position." (location 494, Kindle format)

Emmerich tells a lot of great stories about "leaders" who make a difference in their company just by showing up to work every day and being fully committed to the vision.  She also gives examples of team members who just "don't get it."  As managers or co-workers we can coach those people to see if we can help them, but ultimately, if they are not willing to get on board with the vision, it may be best to help them see that it's time for them to move on. 

"If most of you have positive attitudes, but the customer is exposed to one bad attitude, it reflects on all of you, on your whole company’s culture, and it will impact your business." (location 1300, Kindle format)

I found this book to be very inspirational and would encourage anyone to read it if they're interested in improving the culture of their workplace.  Even if you work in the greatest company in the world, you're bound to come across co-workers who challenge you in some way (i.e. the victim, the whiner, etc.).  Emmerich provides practical suggestions for how to deal with these situations and move on for the good of the company.

Final inspirational quote from Thank God It's Monday!:


"Nobody calls home to say they did what was in their job description. You call home when you’ve done something great, produced monster results, and made somebody’s day." (location 1598, Kindle edition)