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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; 1 edition (October 20, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688039693
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688039691
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 0.6 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Simple, smart, and useful--this book demonstrates that leadership competence is attainable by all who truly desire it." -- --Warren Bennis

"Leadership and the One Minute Manager® will provide you with the knowledge you need to build a winning team." -- --Tom Managhan, founder, Domino's Pizza, Inc.

From the Back Cover

In clear, simple terms Leadership and the One Minute Manager® teaches managers the art of Situational Leadership®--a simple system that refutes the conventional management mandate of treating all employees equally. Here, you'll learn why tailoring management styles to individual employees is so important; why knowing when to delegate, support, or direct is critical; how to identify the leadership style suited to a particular person; and how consistent use of the One Minute techniques will produce better management and enhanced motivation on all levels. This remarkable, easy-to-follow book is a priceless guide to creative, personalized leadership that elicits the best performance from your staff--and the best bottom line for any business.

If your management motto is "everyone should be treated equally," Leadership and the One Minute Manager. will show you why this style not only hinders workplace efficiency, but also frustrates your staff. In clear, simple terms, Ken Blanchard, co-author of the enormously popular The One Minute Manager., coupled with business gurus Patricia and Drea Zigarmi, teach managers the art of Situational Leadership.. You'll learn why tailoring management styles to individual employees is so important; when to delegate, support, or direct; how to identify the leadership style suited to a particular person; and how consistent use of the One Minute techniques will produce better management and enhanced motivation on all levels. This remarkable, easy-to-follow book is a priceless guide to creative, personalized leadership that elicits the best performance from your staffand the best bottom line for any business.

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The examples given are relevant and the book was very easy to read.
Mike A.
Starting with goals that are clear to both the manager and the people who will help accomplish them.
Phil
Decide what management style is most appropriate for the individual 4.
Dan E. Ross

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67 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Dan E. Ross on October 4, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I prefer this book to the One Minute Manger because it has the same basic concepts but deals with situational leadership, which is what most managers truly face. There are three simple precepts, which the One Minute Manager establishes with his employees: One Minute Goal Setting, One Minute Praisings, and One Minute Reprimands (just as in the original One Minute Manager).
1. Starting with goals that are clear to both the manager and the people who will help accomplish them. Goal setting is all about making sure employees understand perfectly what their duties are, what is expected of them and that there are no surprises.
2. The manager should work with his/her people to diagnose their "competence" and "commitment" to accomplish those goals.
3. Decide what management style is most appropriate for the individual
4. Following through and provide reprimands or praisings based on that adopted style. The Praisings and Reprimands are simply managers acknowledging that the employees are doing there jobs or not and how to deal with the situation and how to convey it to the employee.
As always, I was quite stunned to find the content extremely useful and extremely simplistic. For those seeking to find additional leadership books I recommend How to Become CEO by Jeffrey Fox and two books by John Maxwell, Power of Leadership and The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Phil on July 28, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Don't let the title or the number of pages fool you. This small volume packs substance. Situational management was not a fad. As recently as 1999, Peter Drucker (in his book "Management Challengers for the 21st Century") emphasized that despite the apparent hunger for learning "the one best way to manage, one such method does not exist." Producing desirable results is the goal of management; how to manage varies tremendously according to differences in situations.
This book goes well beyond espousing the idea of "different strokes for different folks." Becoming a situational leader involves:
1. Starting with goals that are clear to both the manager and the people who will help accomplish them.
2. Working with her people to diagnose their "competence" and "commitment" to accomplish those goals. Diagnosis preceds effective management methods.
3. Contracting with each person on each of the tasks and jointly deciding which leadership style will likely be most effective.
4. Following through to provide the agreed-upon leadership style until either (i) enough progress or (ii) lack of suitable progress warrants a change in leadership style.
The book presents a practical model for diagnosing each person's level of development with regard to achieving each major goal.
One other note: Despite its "leadership" title, the book addresses one-on-one supervision methods. If you're looking for a book that addresses how to create and sustain a "vision" that will drive your organization forward, this is not that book. It is, however, the most practical presentation of situational management that I've read.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By F. Wade on April 6, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Ken Blanchard is indeed the master of Situational Leadership. He and Hershey were the great inventors of Situational Leadership I. They had something great going then. Now, Situational Leadership II is fully on the scene and it is catching on everywhere. From major corporations to the Lady Volunteers of Tennessee, everyone is successfully using Situational Leadership to manage their people. This book tells you how to do it the right way. When situational leadership is done correctly, your people will love you for it. You can also use situational leadership at home with your wife and kids. If you are a manager, you MUST have this book. You can't effectively manage or lead without it. Remember, when you undersupervise you frustrate yourself. When you oversupervise, you frustrate others. Situational leadership is simply providing for subordinate what they cannot provide for themselves. Dr. Blanchard's book will tell you how to do it! As U.S. Air Force instructor, I have taught this theory using this book to over 450 managers per year. All of them have praised this book and Blanchard/Hershey's theory.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 1, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book shows you how to becoming a situational leader by:
1. Crystallizing goals that are clear to both the manager and the people involved.
2. Participating together to examine "competence" and "commitment" to accomplish those goals.
3. Contracting with each employee about the tasks at hand and jointly agreeing which leadership style will likely be most effective. This is Optimal Thinking, the mental software needed to optimize performance.
4. Following through to provide the agreed-upon leadership style until feedback suggests another option.
The book provides a realistic roadmap for diagnosing each employee's status in relation to important goals.
This book provides a practical roadmap for the leader. Read it and read Optimal Thinking: How to Be Your Best Self to learn how to optimize your thinking, be your best, bring out the best in others and create the best results. This is a 10-star combination!
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