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Shifting the Monkey BESTSELLER

The Art of Protecting Good People From Liars, Criers, and Other Slackers

By: Todd Whitaker

Through a simple and memorable metaphor, the author helps you reinvigorate your staff and transform your organization.

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Shifting the Monkey

Poor employees get a disproportionate amount of attention. Why? Because they complain the loudest, create the greatest disruptions, and rely on others to assume the responsibilities that they shirk. Learn how to focus on your good employees first, and help them shift these monkeys back to the under-performers. Through a simple but brilliant metaphor, the author helps you reinvigorate your staff and transform your organization.

    2012 USA Book News Best Books Award Finalist

  • Find out how and why responsible, hardworking employees often get saddled with too many monkeys – the responsibilities, obligations, problems of unmotivated peers, and how that imbalance can undermine organizational success.
  • Learn how leaders can put monkeys back where they belong and focus on supporting and cultivating the best employees.
  • Discover the critical issue at the heart of many dysfunctional organizations – a culture and workflow dominated by the complaints, excuses, and poor performance of a few people.
  • Examine the top nine excuses and techniques people use to shift their monkeys, then equip yourself with strategies for deflecting each.

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Additional Information

Product Code: BKF612, EKF221

ISBN: 9781936763085

Published By: Solution Tree

Page Count: 128

“This book is a quick read with a lot of practical and relevant advice for anyone in a leadership/management position.”

Justin Tarte, executive director of human resources and learning services, Union R-XI School District [review]

“In this slim, quick read, Whitaker encourages leaders to continually ask three essential questions: Where is the monkey? Where should the monkey be? How do I shift the monkey to its proper place?”

Southern Association of Independent Schools, Inc. [review]

“The principalship can be a stressful position. Shifting the Monkey is an excellent guide for any administrator looking to better distribute the workload in schools.”

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