Monday Morning Leadership - Quotes from Tony (Part 2)

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I have taken some of the more profound quotes from mentor character Tony in the David Cottrell book - Monday Morning Mentoring: Ten Lessons to Guide you Up the Ladder. There were so many quotes. This will be a multi-part blog with 15 quotes per blog, to limit the length of each blog.

  •  "You have to escape from management land and get in touch with your people."
  • "Your job is not to lower the bottom by adjusting for and accommodating the lowest-performing employees.  You should be raising the top by recognizing and rewarding superstar behavior."
  • "The worst type of employee you can have is one who has mentally quit and is still physically coming to work every day."
  • "The single greatest demotivator of a team is having members who are not carrying their load."
  • "It is rare for people to say they want to be held accountable, but in reality, everyone wants everyone else to be held accountable."
  • "Doing the right thing isn't always easy - in fact, sometimes it's real hard - but just remember that doing the right thing is always right."
  • "The truth is that problems won't just go away."
  • "Leaders who have integrity possess one of the most respected virtues in all of life."
  • "Everything you do matters because your team is watching ... and depending on you to do the right thing."
  • "Guard your integrity as if it's your most precious leadership possession, because that is what it is."
  • "The most important thing you do as a leader is to hire the right people."
  • "What you see in the interview will not get significantly better when the individual is hired."
  • "Never lower your standards just to fill a position.  You will pay for it later."
  • "The success of any change depends, in large measure, on your attitude about that change."
  • "You can help determine your team's enthusiasm for the change by focusing on the entrance of potential while you are working through the exit of the past."

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