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The One Minute Manager (1982)

by Kenneth H. Blanchard, Spencer Johnson

Series: One Minute

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There is this genre I call business fiction. The characteristics of the genre are as follows:

1. A Simple contrived narrative with a pedantic plod.
2. An aim at communicating common sense wisdom for the business world.
3. A healthy overlay of positive thinking.
4. characters you could care less about because they are one dimensional, mindless automatons sent by the author to fulfill his didactic purposes but do not breath, bleed, or have any life of their own.
5. Lots of slogans that would look nice on a plaque over your desk. Maybe a nice motivational poster.

Well truth be told, some authors in the genre have more quality than others. Not this one, but it distinguishes itself as providing the template for all such books that followed. Written thirty years ago, this New York Times bestseller, follows the adventures of a young man in search for the greatest management model in the universe. Presumably this is to rule the galaxy (though this is more implied than said). Some of the managers he observes are focused on people but not results. Others focus on results but screw people over. That is until he discovers the 'One Minute Manager.' A manager so named because he doesn't have to spend much time with his people. At all. A minute here and there will suffice.

Actually there is some helpful management advice:

1. Have employees write out a 250 word summary of their goals (main objectives) which you both keep on file. The process of clarifying things so that both managers and employees know what their objectives are means greater success and less communication is necessary.
2. The One Minute praise-Catch your employee doing something right and specifically praise them for that action and let them know how valuable it is for you.
3. The One minute reprimand-when employees do something wrong, immediately and specifically reprimand them for that action, though put it in the context of their overall good work.

This is all helpful advice in managing people. That way, they are clear on objectives, feel valued and know exactly where they screw up without having to deal with an angry build up. But really this is the entire substance of the book. Along the way the characters, spout off the same advice and show each other motivational messages on plaques. There is also a lot of advice about touching people to communicate you care. It isn't normally the case, but my guess is that this book would be much better as a movie. Wait for it. ( )
  Jamichuk | May 22, 2017 |
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. ( )
  SRUResourcelibrary | Oct 10, 2016 |
Good managers need to be concerned with both people and results. ( )
  JenniferRobb | Jan 17, 2016 |
A small book, but a must read for everyone that needs to manage people. A sure recommendation. ( )
  NelsonFaria | Dec 5, 2015 |
I read this over 15 years ago. "What gets rewarded is what gets done." is the one line I remember. ( )
  joeydag | Jul 23, 2015 |
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Une lecture hautement recommendée à tous les managers actuels et futurs , qui s'est également révélée un excellent support de formation.
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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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Discover the three secrets that have made a difference for millions of leaders. Nurture greater job satisfaction and creativity through goal setting, coaching, praising and reprimanding or redirecting employees without discrediting their value. Learn core skills critical to developing and managing people. Increase productivity and profits that spill over into personal lives, improving people2s roles as parents, church and civic leaders, and community volunteers.… (more)

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