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The One Minute Manager

By: Ken Blanchard PhD; Spencer Johnson MD;

Ratings: MUST READ Right Things: 5.0;   Right Way: 4.8;   Right Team: 4.8;
TOTAL: 4.85
Leadership/Management Maturity:   ✔  Entry (0–1yrs);   Early (1–3yrs);    Competent (3-5yrs);    Proficient (5-10yrs);   Expert (10+yrs);
Target Audience: C-Suite, Senior Leadership, Management/Leadership Development
Target Business Stage: Seed; Start-up; Growth Stage; Established Stage;
Est. Reading Time: 1-2 hours, 112 pages

The One Minute Manager stands apart in modern business literature aimed at reintroducing the simplicity and power of parables to connect with leaders at all organizational levels regardless of seniority or experience.  Originally published in 1982, this book flew off bookstore shelves as quickly as they could be stocked.  At the time, there was no Amazon, no internet and books were either purchased at the local bookstore or ordered, in bulk, directly from the publisher.  Since its original printing, this book has sold over 13 million copies and has been translated into 37 languages. It still serves as a primer for new managers and an effective refresher for seasoned professionals.

The primary argument for the book’s success is its beguilingly simple format.  The One Minute Manager is a 100-page allegory in which a seasoned manager welcomes a new member to his team.  The seasoned manager acts as a mentor for the newcomer and teaches him the fundamental behaviors for success as part of his high performing team.  The book itself reads fast, provokes introspection and is simple enough for almost anyone who has, or aspires to have, management responsibilities.

The One Minute Manager introduces three fundamental principles essential for successful teams.  The root concept of the book (as well as the plethora of follow-up books) is that powerful leadership techniques can be accomplished within one-minute interactions.  The authors introduce three cardinal principles:

  • One Minute Goal Setting
  • One Minute Praising
  • One Minute Reprimands

None of these axioms are particularly revolutionary.  The authors provide no new or surprising research on management theory.  Instead, they use an engaging, quick-paced format to help leaders remember how consistent application of straightforward principles builds effective teams.  Each One Minute technique is both explained and exemplified because of the unique perspective readers are given as the mentoring relationship unfolds.


Amazon Link: http://ow.ly/2xDO30dim3M
Audible Available: http://ow.ly/WYIq30dimig
Author: Ken Blanchard PhD; Spencer Johnson MD;
Author Bios Ken Blanchard PhD;

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken_Blanchard

http://www.kenblanchard.com/Why-Blanchard/Meet-Our-Experts/Ken-Blanchard

http://www.washingtonspeakers.com/speakers/biography.cfm?SpeakerID=352

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4112157.Kenneth_H_Blanchard

Spencer Johnson MD

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spencer_Johnson_(writer)

http://spencerjohnson.com/about-the-author/

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3340.Spencer_Johnson

 

Copyright/Publisher: William Morrow; (1982) Original

William Morrow; 1 edition (May 5, 2015) Most Recent

ISBN-13: 978-0062367549
ISBN-10: 0062367544
Steven RowleyBook Recommendation: The One Minute Manager

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