Your only job as a leader is to make sure Monday morning doesn’t suck. It’s that simple. If you lead people, you’re there to create a culture that high performers want to be a part of.
By telling real stories from his 25-year career in corporate America, Eric talks about the value of working for some good leaders, but how lucky he was to work for some bad ones too. He’s helping companies reimagine the modern workplace as one of employee self-determination, mutual respect, and highly engaged leadership.
Frankly, good leaders lead. They don’t micromanage, they don’t delude themselves into thinking they have all the answers. They build a team of experts who have the skills and answers they lack, and they work tirelessly to make the lives of those team members easier. If you’re a leader making all the decisions—this might be hard to hear—you have bigger issues than you think, and your high performers might be on the way out.
With Great Leaders Make Sure Monday Morning Doesn’t Suck, Harkins speaks directly to leaders with refreshing candor that challenges them to reconsider their leadership approach while detailing the traits that any modern leader must exhibit to make sure Monday morning doesn’t suck. His LEAD traits are a North Star for leaders as they embark on this new and critical mission. Beginning with the first expectation he has for leaders: “Create a culture high performers want to be a part of,” Harkins pulls no punches on his way down the list of LEAD: Leadership Expectations and Development and eventually onward to a future of people-driven growth.
Begging the question “What happens when we treat adults like adults at work?” Eric Harkins reminds leaders of three key truths: it’s okay to have fun at work, poor performing employees don’t quit voluntarily, and assholes are assholes—they don’t change.
Advocating for an iterative review cycle and a culture of freedom through accountability, the system Harkins lays out in Great Leaders Make Sure Monday Morning Doesn’t Suck will help you weed out the assholes weighing down your team, elevate your high performers so they stick around for the long haul, and ultimately grow your business in a way that reverberates outward from a happy and empowered workforce.
An optimistic and refreshing read that comes from a place of humility and brutal honesty. If you are interested in creating or working in an energizing and rewarding work environment treat yourself to this book!Derek Horeis
A great book all companies could use to make sure Monday’s Don’t Suck!Melissa Smith
FUN, insightful and thought provoking. This is an excellent book to have at the ready to learn things you may not have thought of and to remind you of things you may have forgotten. Powerful in its straight forward, plain spoken and real world approach! Highly recommend!Pete Solano
This book is a must read for all leaders regardless of what stage of their career they are in! Eric weaves humor and simple logic into the 3 essential rules every leader needs to live by, and challenges leaders to ask themselves the simple but tough questions.Angie Whitcomb
A fantastic book, witty, insightful, transparent and brutally honest. I could not put it down. It helped validate my own management style and also made me realize I need to work harder in some areas. Eric tells it like it is with no fluff or embellishment.Judie Joseph
This pithy, humorous, quick read book by Eric Harkins sums up the powerful leadership reminders for anyone who wants to be a better and stronger leader right NOW! Memorable lessons and the bite-sized delivery make this a great read for the plane or your lunch hour.Teresa Sande
Thoughtful and well laid out book on leadership. Eric has the right amount of humor, insight and steps to help any people manager improve his/her organization. A lot of the content is ready to apply without much additional effort.John Cokinos
The entire working world would be better off if we all read Eric Harkins' book and put his lessons into action. No matter your industry, level, or title, this book teaches us what we need to do differently to not dread going to work. Rule #3 is a life lesson, not just a work lesson.Angie von Ruden-Doll
I have read MANY leadership books, listened to several leadership podcasts, and explored a multitude of avenues for professional career growth but few media items have caught and KEPT my attention as this book did.Mackenzie Gerber
Easy read but with very meaningful advice on how to be an effective leader in any organization! Eric breaks down how to be a great leader with real life examples.Kristin Nordling
Eric Harkins has long been a source of unique business insights based on his vast and varied experience. This funny book on leadership made me examine some blind spots that probably have led to some bad Monday mornings over the years. Good book. Glad I read it.Paul Chapple