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One Minute Manager [Hardcover]

Ken Blanchard
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Jan. 1 1982

For more than twenty years, millions of managers in Fortune 500 companies and small businesses nationwide have followed The One Minute Manager's techniques, thus increasing their productivity, job satisfaction, and personal prosperity. These very real results were achieved through learning the management techniques that spell profitability for the organization and its employees.

The One Minute Manager is a concise, easily read story that reveals three very practical secrets: One Minute Goals, One Minute Praisings, and One Minute Reprimands.

The book also presents several studies in medicine and the behavioral sciences that clearly explain why these apparently simple methods work so well with so many people. By the book's end you will know how to apply them to your own situation and enjoy the benefits.

That's why The One Minute Manager has continued to appear on business bestseller lists for more than two decades, and has become an international sensation.

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About the Author

Ken Blanchard is the co-author of The One Minute Manager®, and twenty-three other books, including The New York Times business bestsellers, Gung Ho! and Raving Fans. His books have combined sales of more than twelve million copies in more than twenty-five languages. He is the Chief Spiritual Officer of The Ken Blanchard Companies, a full-service training and management company he co-founded with his wife in 1979, as well as a consultant to some of America's top corporations, and a dynamic teacher and speaker. Dr. Blanchard lives in San Diego, California.

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Even if Tony Robbins's style hasn't been your cup of tea, you may change your mind when you hear this impressive collection of ideas on growth and productivity. Whether you're achieving in the world, unblocking yourself, or fine-tuning your "self-talk," Robbins' insights and illustrations will grab your attention with their simple power. It's substantial and mature material, and more believable as a whole program than some of his earlier audio efforts. He really knows how to change attitudes and habits. As always, the classy Nightingale Conant folks provide a workbook and an easy index to the contents, so you can listen repeatedly to the ideas that speak to you best. T.W. © AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good Advice, but 59 Minutes Too Long March 14 2004
Kenneth Blanchard's "The One Minute Manager" is a short book that should have either been much shorter or much longer. The longer version would have been supported with research and case studies to back up Blanchard's claims that the techniques are effective. For readers who don't need or want the supporting evidence, here is what the shorter version would look like:
1) Good managers are not micromanagers; they expect employees to take initiative and solve their own problems.
2) Good managers set goals for their employees that are brief and have clear performance standards and expectations.
3) Good managers look for opportunities to praise their employees because self-confident employees are happier and more productive. Employees learn to internalize praise.
4) Good managers are also quick and clear in providing feedback when something goes wrong. Reprimands are more effective when it is understood that managers think highly of their employees. (Presumably, if the "One-Minute Reprimands" happen too often, the employee will no longer work for the One-Minute Manager, so that ending reprimands with statements of the employee's value, as suggested, will always be sincere.)
That's about it.
All this is probably good advice. One of the bosses whose management style I most admired and who inspired me to a high level of performance was very much like the One Minute Manager in the book. I rarely saw him, but when I did, it was clear that he had been paying attention and that he valued my work.
But the storytelling format of the book--it's told by a naive young narrator who interviews the one-minute manager and his employees--draws a couple of pages of material out into a hundred page book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the best of the best literature! May 30 2014
By moufid
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When service, product quality, and book's simple language but philosophical targets gather together to give you the best time of your life you will buy this book now and everyday.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best business bookes ever written Dec 30 2013
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Simple, practical, readable, and not overly academic - everything a new manager needs to get started with managing and motivating staff. I give it to all my new managers as part of their training.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book! Jan. 28 2012
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This book is a great lesson on how to deal with people around you, not only employees, it is applicable in all contexts, even in family and any type of relationship. The concepts make a lot of sense, after reading this book, I thought: Wow, it is so true, we should all read it! WORTH A LOT MORE THAN A FEW BUCKS.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short to Read, Big on Wisdom Oct. 3 2008
I really liked this book, but for the same reasons I liked it, some may hate it.

First of all, it's an easy read, and it gets its points across by telling a story. Other books, such as The Sixty-Second Motivator, have also used this format succesfully, but this style may not appeal to everyone. To me, it makes the book a lot less boring to read.

Secondly, the book is short. The vast majority of readers will easily be able to read this book in a day. It has bigger font, which I personally liked and thought it made it a joy to read. However here again, some may be turned off by that and consider it to be too "child-like."

Thirdly, the book takes solid mangagerial info and gives it to the reader handily in the form of three "secrets." I found the advice to be very practical and while some may consider it far too simple, it can help you a lot IF you actually apply the info- which I suspect most managers do not.

In conclusion, I recommend this short business classic to anyone looking for better ways to improve their managerial skills. I doubt most will be disappointed.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Advice for Today's Leader Aug. 3 2003
By Rich M.
'The One Minute Manager', written in 1981 by highly-regarded author and consultant Kenneth H. Blanchard and by Spencer Johnson, is an excellent book on improving management effectiveness and employee productivity. And, while increased 'knowledge worker' efficiency may have made it simple enough in the 80s and early 90s for companies to simply dismiss below-average workers (they didn't require replacing, as fewer total knowledge workers were required to perform the same tasks as before), the 21st century challenge will be to optimize the performance of employees already in the organization, as profitable businesses will likely need to replace dismissed workers. This will involve improved management practices, such as the ones espoused in this book.
'One Minute Manager' is very short (can be read in less than one hour), yet has the potential to greatly improve management efficiency. The book discusses three 'secrets' -- one minute goals, one minute praising, and one minute reprimands. To briefly summarize, the theory espoused in the book is for the manager to set one-page goals with each employee for the top 20% of tasks which, according to Pareto, account for 80% of the productivity of the employee. Next, the manager follows up with either immediate one minute praise or an immediate behavior-based (rather than personal) one minute reprimand. The praise is designed to focus the employee behavior toward continuous improvement. As such, a less-capable employee (typically a newer one) would receive praise for lesser accomplishments than would a more seasoned one. The reprimand is to reinforce the goals of the organization.
The theories made a lot of sense. They espouse the true vision of 'leadership', which is to guide the organization in a specific direction, toward specific goals and achievement. I recommend this book to anyone interested in leadership or effectiveness.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Minute Manager
How The Hell Can I rate it.
I am continuing trying to get the damn book.
Please send it to me.
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Published on Aug. 5 2011 by Gord
5.0 out of 5 stars Too Easy - But it, read it, digest it. Pass to others.
Like the book, I will keep this simple - worth the purchase, worth the read, re-read then pass it on or purchase for your superior, peer, friend.
Published on Feb. 4 2010 by Chris J. Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars This is reality!
1 minute goal, 1 minute praising, and 1 minute reprimand can help you not only on your career but also in your personal life. This is a short book and very easy to read. Read more
Published on Jan. 8 2007 by Otto Yuen
5.0 out of 5 stars Just A Minute
The ideas in One Minute Manager are very effective for anyone who feels stretched to the limit by the daily demands of modern business. Read more
Published on June 18 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Best management style out there--Bar None!
This should be in the library of all managers and those aspiring to be leaders. It keeps accountability straight; and promotes initiative and quality in all involved. Read more
Published on June 9 2004 by Heather Schrock
4.0 out of 5 stars Read it but not necessary to buy it.
The issue is that most of the managers are not effective.
The conclusion is that if you use the One Minute technique, you can become very effective. Read more
Published on April 19 2004 by Manish
5.0 out of 5 stars I want to be managed like this
As I have seen among employees in different jobs that I have had, too often is the employee left to figure out his/her own job expectations. Read more
Published on March 20 2004 by Nikkitti
4.0 out of 5 stars Management Made Simple
The One Minute Manager by Drs. Kenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson was a breviloquent, easy to read manual on efficient yet effective management. Read more
Published on March 16 2004 by cydmed
4.0 out of 5 stars Got a few minutes?
"The One Minute Manger" by Kenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson teaches the readers the three skills to achieving effective management. Read more
Published on March 16 2004 by Minuteman
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