On Monday, Press Restart

Last Updated Jan 25, 2008 1:36 PM EST

Richard Pachter, the business book reviewer at the Miami Herald, looks at two books with Monday in the title, in a review headlined On Monday Mornings, Become All You'd Hoped You'd Be.
The books are Monday Morning Choices: 12 Powerful Ways to go from Ordinary to Extraordinary, by David Cottrell
and No More Mondays: Fire Yourself -- and Other Revolutionary Ways to Discover Your True Calling at Work, by Dan Miller.

Pachter gives them both a thumbs up. He says Monday Morning Choices rises above the slobbery sameness of most business self-help books and frames choices of character, action and investment in ways that show how to make ethical decisions in all arenas. Pachter's thumbnail:

There's nothing especially new or earthshaking here, but Cottrell has a wise and light touch, employs language well and keeps everything simple and meaningful without preaching or proselytizing.
Miller, meanwhile, believes most people who work for companies have traded their freedom and happiness for security. He wants them (I'm already freelance, thank you) to stop. Pachter says of him:
...for folks who need a bit of humor, folksy wisdom and gentle encouragement, Miller has plenty of stories, tips, observations and cartoons to convey his ideas in a pleasant, unthreatening and possibly empowering manner.
Has anyone read these books? Is this review on target? Please comment.
  • Michael Fitzgerald

    Michael Fitzgerald writes about innovation and other big ideas in business for publications like the New York Times, The Economist, Fast Company, Inc. and CIO. He’s worked as a writer or editor at Red Herring, ZDNet, TechTV and Computerworld, and has received numerous awards as a writer and editor. Most recently, his piece on the hacker collective the l0pht won the 2008 award for best trade piece from the American Society of Journalists and Authors. He was also a 2007 Templeton-Cambridge Journalism Fellow in Science and Religion.