“Great leadership is actually the little things done consistently,” says bestselling author James Robbins in our CausePlanet interview.
I first saw Robbins’ Nine Minutes on Monday when I read the Top 10 business books of the year in The Globe and Mail news. The title of this number-one ranked book resonated with me because we all want to make the most of our time or even kid ourselves that we can beat the clock. Though, I should remind you to consider the source of this blog. Our tagline at CausePlanet is, after all, “where nonprofit leaders get smarter faster.” So when a book title mirrors my obsession with maximizing time, I can’t help but read it.
Author James Robbins delivers on his title promise: Nine Minutes on Monday: The Quick and Easy Way to Go from Manager to Leader. Throughout the course of this book, you will “learn a simple system to help you bring out the best in your employees, enabling them to produce results without adding hours of tasks to your plate.
Robbins’ model “is founded on nine key questions to ask yourself each Monday morning during your leadership planning time. Each question is tied to one of the nine drivers of employee engagement and will help you create small actionable goals that will inspire and motivate your staff.”
I asked Robbins in our CausePlanet interview about the differences readers experience after absorbing his principles as well as what readers will be most surprised to discover:
CausePlanet: Hi, James. I really enjoyed reading your book. I took a lot of notes in the margins and your book is already showing wear and tear after one reading! When someone applies the principles you discuss in your book, how would you describe the macro differences they’ll experience in their own behavior as managers?
Robbins: The biggest change they will notice is an increase in their awareness. I call awareness the quintessential skill of managers. If you have a clear picture of what is going on around you, nine times out of ten you will know what to do. Our problem as managers is that we get so busy with and focused on all the little tasks and details that we forget to lift our heads up and see what’s going on around us. Nine Minutes on Monday helps managers create the habit of awareness.
CausePlanet: What will our readers be most surprised to discover in your Nine-Minute process for Mondays?
Robbins: Readers will be most surprised by the simplicity of the concepts. Often when I speak, someone will tell me she has heard all this before. Knowledge is usually not our problem, but rather it’s a lack of execution regarding the basics that is. Great leadership is actually the little things done consistently. Nine Minutes helps you by creating new habits without adding a lot of extra time and tasks to your already-full plate.
How often are you tending to your leadership responsibilities? How do you maintain consistency?
CausePlanet members: Don’t forget to register for our next live author interview with Tom Wolff, who trains and consults in collaborative solutions. We’ll discuss the essential principles he explores in his book The Power of Collaborative Solutions: Six Principles and Effective Tools for Building Healthy.