One Minute Manager Hardcover – Jan 1 1982
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Ken Blanchard is the coauthor ofThe One Minute Manager(tm) and fifty other books, including theNew York Timesbusiness bestsellersGung Ho!andRaving Fans. His books have combined sales of more than eighteen million copies in more than twenty-seven languages. He is the chief spiritual officer of The Ken Blanchard Companies, a full-service global management training and development company that he and his wife, Dr. Marjorie Blanchard, founded in 1979.
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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.Read more ›
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.
Not to fear, Blanchard and Johnson address these concerns in their short simple book. The allegory starts off with a young man in search of an effective manager. Initially disillusioned by the managers he encounters, who are only results-oriented at the expense of the employees or only people-oriented at the expense of the organization, the young man discovers The One Minute Manager. The young man learns from The One Minute Manager and the people whom he manages the philosophy of the one-minute management style. The authors gradually convince the readers through examples, anecdotes, explanations, and quotable quotes why and how their three principles, when followed appropriately, actually work. A brief guideline list accompanies each of the three management skills: the "one minute goal setting," "one minute praising," and "one minute reprimand." There is even a concise flow chart to help solidify the management principles into one page near the end of the book; no doubt, designed to be cut-out or photocopied and posted in every manager's office.Read more ›
After One Minute Goal setting the manager stays in close contact with the employee and gives them a One Minute Praising when they do something right. The most important thing in training someone is to catch them doing something right-in the beginning it may be approximately right and gradually move them towards the desired behaviors. Praise employees for what they do right and encourage them to repeat the behavior. That's why it's important to observe new people in the beginning or when starting a new project. The praise should come immediately after you see them do something right and not just at performance review times.
If the employee is not performing as agreed on in the One Minute Goal Setting then the manger may use One Minute Reprimands. The authors state that most managers are "gunnysack discipliners." That is, they store up observations of poor performance and then at performance review time or when they are angry they "open the sack." They tell people all the things they've done wrong for the last weeks or months.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
A great quick read for anyone in management and even beyond. You can easily finish it in an afternoon. A must read for anyone who leads people.Published 10 months ago by Adam Hijazi
Good book and some key takeaways about being brief and effective in communicating with subordinates. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Booky
This is a really expensive book for the little amount of content in it. Very few pages, and very large print. Read morePublished 15 months ago by KDawg1984
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.Published on May 30 2014 by moufid
Simple, practical, readable, and not overly academic - everything a new manager needs to get started with managing and motivating staff. Read morePublished on Dec 30 2013 by Mr. A. Simpson
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. Read morePublished on Jan. 28 2012 by Joan Lafleur
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