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Nine Minutes Can Make Your Team Superstars

Source | | Kevin Kruse

Can nine minutes once a week transform you from being a manager into a true leader?

As a leader, it can be difficult to remember in your day-to-day that in addition to leading your team with confidence, you also have to make sure you’re addressing their professional needs. But how can you be sure you’re creating an environment where your team feels valued? The answer may involve using just under ten minutes of your Monday morning.

James Robbins is a management consultant, change specialist, and motivational speaker. He’s been helping equip and transform leaders for over 20 years. He’s the author of Nine Minutes On Monday: The Quick And Easy Way To Go From Manager To Leader which was named business book of the year by Canada’s Globe and Mail. I recently interviewed James for the LEADx Podcast to discuss the nine needs in a workplace and the nine minutes that can fulfill them. (The interview below has been lightly edited for space and clarity.)

Kevin Kruse: You say there are three truths that we need to know about a leader. What do you mean about these three truths?

James Robbins: It’s about trying to bring everyone back to the most important things, and the first one is that you know as a manager or a leader — whichever term you want to use for yourself — at the end of the day we’re paid to produce results. I mean that’s why we’re in business, and that’s what leaders do. They produce results. But the thing is, whom do those results come through? Is it you or the people that you lead? Well, it’s a combination of both. But if your people outnumber you, which they typically do, then it’s really your people that produce the result.

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