20 Minutes To A Top Performer

Three Fast and Effective Conversations to Motivate, Develop, and Engage Your Employees


“Alan has provided some of the best thinking on the issue of Leadership Conversations. His book provides easy to implement suggestions for everything your team needs to know about effective conversations!”
Al Miller, VP HR, Lockheed Martin Simulation, Training and Support Lockheed Martin

“This book is essential for leaders in today’s fast paced and do more with less environment. “20 Minutes To A Top Performer” delivers a practical and hands-on guide to helping leaders prepare for the 3 of the most important conversations with their employees: coaching, motivating and mentoring.”
Dan Russi, VP, Customer Services, Ariba, Inc.

“Alan Vengel is a master at getting your attention in both his writing and in his delivery of top notch leadership development experiences. In this book, Alan draws you into our true business reality of limited time to get results and with constantly challenging management targets. Alan’s approach: don’t waste your management time! His core concept focuses on spending just 20 minutes with an employee in a high quality, high impact, motivating conversation about performance. This is breakthrough thinking. After reading this book, you will acquire invaluable tools and a simple structured conversation guide – so you can “hit the ground running” in shaping your solid talent into your top performers.”
Linda Gunther, Director – Human Resources, Dionex Corporation

“This book provides powerfully practical solutions for improving performance through coaching, motivation, and mentoring. It is a ‘must read’ for leaders who want a clear road-map for elevating performance in an ever increasingly demanding and fast-paced business environment.”
Brad Pollins, System Director, Organizational Effectiveness, Lee Memorial Health System

“What we see in organizational culture today are meetings, metrics and email. The art of conversation has been lost. In 20 Minutes to a Top Performer, Alan Vengel reminds us that conversation is an essential tool that can give voice to our leadership.”
Gary Snapp, Vice President, Colony Management Services

“I’ve been training managers at all levels of the organization for many years and in this book Alan gives a practical “How-To” guide for managers of all experience levels. In twenty minutes and three conversations, he’s captured the essence of Managing and Leading.”
Ron Sacchi | Director, Organizational Learning and Development|Gilead

”In today’s fast paced and innovation led environment, it still comes down to people working together, aligned around goals and the organization’s purpose and achieving RESULTS that matter for customers, employees and shareholders. Alan’s book is a wonderful guide for new and experienced managers to make a positive difference for their employees, their RESULTS and their career.”
Jim Mizes, President and CEO, Club One

”I cannot think of a more important message and timely book, than Alan Vengel’s “20 Minutes to a Top Performer.” This book offers quick, simple techniques for managers to improve their effectiveness in communicating with their teams. Never before have conversations been so important in helping our managers to Coach, Motivate, and Mentor effectively. I highly recommend reading it, as the insights in Alan’s book provides leaders with the power to change an organization, and touch the human heart!”
Steven Fine, Vice President for Administration, Mount Sinai Medical Center


The key to long-term organizational success is the ability to move employees to action. Easier said than done, right? Not really. All it takes is three simple 20-minute conversations.

Alan Vengel has spent 25 years helping Fortune 500 companies empower their employees to perform at peak efficiency, generating measurable results organization-wide. Now, in 20 Minutes to a Top Performer, Vengel shares the secret to his and clients’ success: good old-fashioned communication. Inside, he explains how to engage your employees through specific, focused conversations; there are exactly three of them:

  • Coaching – focusing on performance and feedback
  • Motivating – focusing on engagement and interests
  • Mentoring – focusing on support and development

Vengel dissects these types of conversations to illuminate how, why, and when to initiate each one.

The conversations are not meant to be technical. They won’t be uncomfortable or combative. They will simply be . . . conversations. And you’ll be surprised at how quickly you see results. Your people will become better team players, enjoy their work more, tackle problems with greater verve, and, in the end, contribute valuable talent to your organization for the long term.

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