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Monday Morning Choices: 12 Powerful Ways to Go from Everyday to Extraordinary

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  316 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Learn to make the right decisions to achieve greater success

Each of us has a different idea of success. Whether you strive for money, power, happiness, or love, your personal choices, the actions you take, and the relationships you choose to invest time and energy in, will determine whether you reach your goals. Internationally recognized leadership coach David Cottrell wi
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published January 2nd 2008 by Harper Business (first published January 1st 2008)
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Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
Monday Morning choices is part of the excellently branded Monday Morning series which says all of the serious stuff we think about we should do so at the beginning of the week.

This works as a great forum for book club discussion. The chapters are super short so no worries about getting behind. There are discussion questions at the end.

There are good points. Essentially, we should care what people think (Dress for success) and not care what all people think (as Bill Shakespeare said “Haters doth
Aug 27, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
pedantic and obvious, I still might recommend it to someone that didn't know they were in control of their life. ...more
Jun 27, 2012 rated it did not like it
High on platitudes and "inspirational" stories that, low on any really unique insights. Cottrell's stories felt kind of stale and dated and, falling into the trap of too many self-help books, writes at a very low reading level and reuses too many of the same writing techniques ("Webster defines such and such as...", "Look around at your friends, I'll bet they...", etc). Too easy to read, not engaging or unique. I wanted more. ...more
Jan 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Quick read, very good points. A bit male centric but I want to listen to audio with my boys. Clear, realistic and inspiring points to directed your focus in life towards the positive. Read it with an AMAZING group of professional women at College of Dupage. Thanks!
It Was OK

There are some good questions for self reflection. It is a good book for someone new to starting a professional career on knowing self and self principles. I would not recommend for someone wanting to go further in an established career.
John Majors
Aug 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Positive and encouraging book with lots of great quotes and anecdotes to help bring momentum in the right direction.
Alicia R
Apr 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
The author shares stories to provide information and teaches about changing your life in small, meaningful ways that anyone can do. I found the book to be positive and motivating.
Stacey Hatfield
Nice little motivational tool.

We all need guidance in how to live out life. We like to always do what is right and need to be successful.
Apr 11, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Teams that are just starting out
Recommended to Sarah by: Josh
The concept behind this book is that you & your boss or team at work get together every monday morning and discuss one of the 12 chapters of this book. The concept I love, and that part worked well, but the content of the book was so-so. After you read enough professional development, leadership, live up to your career potential kind of books, they all start to quote each other and it gets pretty unexciting and dull to read. Decent book, but not entirely captivating. Famous quotes at the end of ...more
Sam Klein
Oct 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Considering I read this for work and journaled in my work diary after it was nice to have these self help triggers. Overall it's exactly what you'd expect from a self help book but I think there is some value in reading this book every Monday and thinking about each choice. In fact I've been wanting to find other books that are like it so continue my self help tradition. I want short chapters and an over arching theme.

Most of all I thought this book made me more literate at conveying my hipster
Jeanne Boyarsky
Oct 17, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: business
"Monday Morning Choices" is not a book I picked for myself. I asked my company HR library for a couple time management books. Some were unavailable so the HR person recommended this. It was short so I read it anyway. Sometimes you learn interesting things from books others pick out. This also means I had no expectations going in.

I found the book to be more motivational in nature. Plenty of stories about why the 12 "choices" are important. Each chapter ends with more motivational quotes. Each cha
May 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: self-development
Monday Morning Choices focuses on 12 different ways one can change (from steering clear of a victim mindset to reducing procrastination). The book is set up so each chapter is read weekly and then is discussed with peers/reading group on how the subject of that particular chapter could be implemented for individuals and/or within organizations. Overall, I think the book covers some great points and the way Cottrell is able to personalize some of the chapters by sharing a few of the tragedies and ...more
Feb 26, 2013 rated it liked it
I expected this book, from the title alone, to give advice on how to start out the week on Monday to set the tone for a productive and fulfilling work week. It's more of a motivational book that tries to get the reader to look at life in a positive light and make choices accordingly. It wasn't a bad book, I'd recommend it (or select chapters) to others if the lesson was appropriate. When I bought the book, I also planned to get the Cottrell books on Leadership and Mentoring, I think I'll browse ...more
Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
There are some valuable tips in the book. I especially liked the sections on goal setting and leaving your legacy. I appreciated the discussion questions and quotes at the end of each chapter.

I disliked the section about knowing your enemies. I guess it's the word "enemies" that bothers me. I get that there will be people that don't agree with my choices, but I've never considered them enemies.

Much of the writing is obvious, so it makes it a fast read. If you need a quick pick me up, you might
Laura Radniecki
May 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015, business-books
This book was an easy and quick read, and contained a lot of helpful information. Nothing that I hadn't read before, I don't think, but all in one nice package.

I didn't feel all that moved by any of the information, or super inspired really. It was good but not excellent, to me.

I'm a solo entrepreneur, so this book wasn't really written to be read alone at my house. It's written to be read and discussed in a group at a workplace, and maybe that would have made it more revolutionary to me.

Jerry Smith
Oct 30, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommended to Jerry by:
Love the idea that everything is a choice and that we can set aside time to chose success basically. The first chapter sets the tone, we chose whether to be a victim or not and that is perhaps key to how we address the other areas. Not a huge amount of new insight but this stuff always bears repeating.

Quotations at the end of the chapters are very good
Jan 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this while screening books to give to younger professionals transferring in to my department at work. The book contains solid advice that is most relevant for the post-college, 20-something crowd. Still, it contained a few good reminders for seasoned professionals as well. While the author suggests reading a chapter every Monday for 12 weeks, it can be easily absorbed in an afternoon.
May 31, 2014 rated it liked it
Read in an hour and 15 minutes! Solid book on transforming your perspective and attitude about your work, resulting in a positive and effective path to success. It offers the reader a true choice at how to look at your 'Monday' and what to do to make a great choice. Full of reflection questions and powerful quotes that stick with you. Great personal development selection. ...more
Ginny Lyke
Aug 27, 2008 rated it did not like it
I am reading this right now and a bit disappointed. I thought it would give advice/insight/tips on how to use Monday as a way to create a powerful and effective week. It is definitely not what I thought it was going to be...
Sep 10, 2011 rated it it was ok
I was asked to read this book by my previous manager. It was ok. It is good to motivate you to be a happier person and take chances. I didn't find it particularly helpful. I didn't really like my job so the book itself didn't really help... or maybe it did... I don't work there anymore :) ...more
Jun 18, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, career
Don't judge; I had to read this book for work. I am just not one for self-help books, especially little ones like this, whose primary message is BE A GOOD PERSON AND YOU'LL GET PROMOTED. That might be true, but I don't think I had to read a hokey little book to figure that one out. ...more
Jul 16, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

I found Cottrell's first book much more enlightening. This seemed to be a rather obvious list of leadership virtues...don't give up, invest in others, be trustworthy, learn from failure, have a good attitude etc. Nothing groundbreaking and quite surface level.
Oct 06, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Each of us has a different idea of success. Whether you strive for money, power, happiness, or love, your personal choices, the actions you take, and the relationships you choose to invest time and energy in, will determine whether you reach your goals. Internationally recognized leadership
Nov 23, 2009 rated it it was ok
An OK book about how making the right choices can improve effectiveness and happiness on the job. Nothing new, but it has some good reminders. I enjoyed the quotes at the end of each chapter.
Nov 24, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a little gem of self improvement thoughts for business and life in general. I am urging my entire family to read it.
Oct 25, 2011 rated it it was ok
Read for work book club. Fun anecdotes. Nothing earth shattering but a good reminder on what points to self evaluate.
Dec 10, 2012 rated it liked it
A decent get up and go motivational book. Short enough to keep around on the bookshelf for when you need a pick me up.
Jan 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
nothing i haven't read before, but they're really nice reminders to help you become a better person, not necessarily up and motivated with full energy first day of the week, sadly.. ...more
Sean Goh
Feb 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
good, short, uplifting read.
Oct 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
12 powerful ways to change your life; positive upbeat read; management book recommended by my company
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