Issue No. 310 of Your Weekly Staff Meeting asks you “What’s Your Monday Moan Time?” and highlights a new resource for Monday Morning Atheists. And this reminder, check out my Management Buckets website with dozens of resources and downloadable worksheets for your staff meetings.
So…how’s your Monday going—and what was your “Moan Time” this morning?
Doug Spada, author of Monday Morning Atheist, is leading a “Monday Revolution” to inspire the workforce to think differently—and biblically—about Mondays. He’d also like you to stop your incessant Monday moaning.
He has tools for you:
• The Monday Moan Meter Desktop Reminder! (download and fold the PDF)
• A six-week study guide (DVD, elbow-in-the-rib questions, etc.)
• And this is cool—Monday morning texts (6 Mondays only)
This revolution started with a deep dive into 10 years of research and field experience. “We began this project compiling 30 specific behavioral indicators that measure the integration of faith into everyday issues and key relationships at work. Over the last several years, we have presented this Index of On-the-Job Spiritual Health Indicators to over 5,000 Christians.”
Released earlier this year, the spiritual health index listed “10 Most Common Workplace Issues,” and included:
• “I do not manage stress and discouragement by practicing the principle of rest and recreation.”
• “I do not see my work calling as really serving society and God.”
• “I am not seeking and hearing God when making work decisions.”
Spada is the founder and CEO of WorkLife “where he develops innovative resources to help people experience God while they work.” So with customer research in hand, The Monday Switch Kit was born—and “innovative” doesn’t begin to describe his hot-off-the-press resource.
Along with co-author Dave Scott, Spada defines a Monday Morning Atheist as “someone who believes in God but who works like He does not exist.”
“When God is involuntarily or intentionally switched OFF we don’t address the serious flaw in our independent nature and we suffer the consequences.”
What’s needed? It’s the practice of keeping God switched ON each Monday, because “Monday is the gateway to your entire spiritual work week. When you start your week poorly, you may find you are unable to recover for several days or even weeks. On Mondays you need to focus on thriving not surviving.”
Why focus on Mondays?
• “For most of us, Monday is our least favorite day of the week.”
• 50% of employees are late to work on Mondays
• Productivity is around 30% on Mondays
• “And most of us don’t even smile until 11:16 a.m. on this dreaded day.”
• “More heart attacks and suicides happen on Mondays than any other work day.”
“Millions of Christians look great on Sunday, then switch God OFF by Monday morning—a distinct switch to a form of practical atheism. No God on Monday! This reality is undermining God’s purposes for our work and our lives. Monday’s are hurting workers, families, churches and business alike.”
THANK GOD IT’S MONDAY!
To help, WorkLife has created these irresistible resources (individual or group study) all packaged into The Monday Switch Kit:
• The Monday Challenge: Six-week study guide (short and colorful)
• The Monday Switch Videos (fast, fun and probing)
• Free downloads and promotional materials (posters, banners, bookmarks, PowerPoint templates, mugs, t-shirts, etc.)
• Download: “10 Commandments for Work”
• Download: “The Switch Work Prayer”
• Download: “The ‘Moan-Less Mondays’ Pledge” (21 Mondays Check-off)
• Download: “The Crosswired Declaration”
• Book: Monday Morning Atheist
The authors quote Jacques Maritain, “There are pseudo-atheists who think that they believe in God, but who in reality deny his existence by each one of their deeds.”
Monday Morning Atheist addresses three false assumptions, labeled “Short Circuits,” and what to do about them:
• Short Circuit #1: Only some of life is spiritual.
• Short Circuit #2: I’m alone and it’s all up to me.
• Short Circuit #3: My work is just a waste.
Leaders and managers take note: A national survey reported that “over 55% of us are dissatisfied with our jobs.” That’s epidemic—but there’s a remedy.
Note: In my consulting work with nonprofit organizations, I’m recommending this resource for two reasons:
1) All teams have Monday moaners (maybe you’re in that group?)—and this resource will get the issue out in the open so people lead more God-honoring lives on both Sundays and Mondays.
2) The kit, based on heavy-duty customer research, is a stunning example of how to frame your organization’s message in a creative way, using the latest tools and technology to re-package biblical truths in contemporary methodologies. It’s brilliant.
To order The Monday Switch Kit (or any of the individual resources), visit: MondaySwitch.com. The kit includes the Six-Step Experience Guide (The Switch: Your Monday Revolution), The Switch Learning DVD, Monday Morning Atheist (the book), Interactive Switch Quiz, and Free User Downloads. (Full Disclosure: CrossSection produced the kit and my son, Jason Pearson, is co-founder there.)
To order just the book (or Kindle version) from Amazon, click on the graphic below for: Monday Morning Atheist, by Doug Spada and Dave Scott.
Your Weekly Staff Meeting Questions:
1) The Monday Switch Kit segments work three ways:
• Work WITHOUT God (alone, switched off, Monday Morning Atheist, etc.)
• Work FOR God (trying hard, doing more, duty, etc.)
• Work WITH God (resting, enjoying, obeying, etc.).
Where are you on Mondays—and all week—at work?
2) “The Switch Work Prayer” (download here) can be prayed every morning as you begin work. Take 10 minutes and write your own work prayer and then share it with our team.
“What does our customer value?” is one of Peter Drucker’s five critical questions. When you conduct a deep dive on research, you’ll create products and services that meet customer needs—often on your first try.
“The aim of marketing,” Drucker preached, “is to know and understand the customer so well the product or service fits him and sells itself.” Then, like WorkLife has done with their resources (see above), you can create strategies and tactics to address these six levels of customer segments:
• Level 1: Ignorance
• Level 2: Awareness
• Level 3: Interest
• Level 4: Trial or Consideration
• Level 5: Preference
• Level 6: Purchase
No longer does “One Size Fits All.” It takes customer research and an array of products, programs and services to meet customer needs. Thank God It’s Monday—and you can work on this today!
For more customer resources, including 11 book recommendations (my favorite: Duct Tape Marketing: The World's Most Practical Small Business Marketing Guide), visit the Customer Bucket webpage.
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