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Self Leadership and the One Minute Manager [Kindle Edition]

Ken Blanchard , Susan Fowler , Lawrence Hawkins
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Ken Blanchard's phenomenal bestselling classic The One Minute Manager explores the skills needed to become an effective self leader. Now, Self Leadership and the One Minute Manager clearly and thoroughly reveals how power, freedom, and autonomy come from having the right mind-set and the skills needed to take personal responsibility for success.

In this captivating business parable, number one New York Times bestselling author Ken Blanchard, with coauthors Susan Fowler and Laurence Hawkins, tells the story of Steve, a young advertising executive who is about to lose his job. During a series of talks with a gifted magician named Cayla, Steve comes to realize the power of taking responsibility for his situation and not playing the victim. Passing along the knowledge she has learned from the One Minute Manager, Cayla teaches Steve the three skills of self leadership. These three techniques not only empower him to keep his job but show him what he needs to know in order to keep growing, learning, and achieving.

For twenty-five years, millions of managers in Fortune 500 companies and small businesses nationwide have followed Ken Blanchard's management method, thus increasing their productivity, job satisfaction, and personal prosperity. Now, discover Ken Blanchard's newest techniques in Self Leadership and the One Minute Manager and experience the profitability that has been achieved by applying his management lessons.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Blanchard, author of the bestselling One Minute Manager, has a made a career out of writing the business equivalent of Jonathan Livingston Seagull. The self-appointed "Chief Spiritual Officer" of Ken Blanchard Companies, he portrays a business world in which magic tricks and mentors encountered in bohemian cafes lead troubled employees to promotions and advertising awards. Blanchard's point here is that managers are too busy and distracted to effectively mentor employees and that workers need to assume responsibility for their own failures and successes-seeking the advice of superiors only when they absolutely need to. This is undeniably true. The modern workplace-an uncertain world where layoffs and reorganizations occur with unsettling frequency-requires self-reliance. However, in Blanchard's "business parable," self-reliance is found amid a background of invariably cheerful coworkers, loving, maternal bosses and implausibly charming strangers. Blanchard's first maxim is correct: "Ultimately, it's in your own best interest to accept responsibility for getting what you need to succeed in the workplace." But readers may find his fairytale enactment of it too saccharine to be practical.
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About the Author

Ken Blanchard is the coauthor of The One Minute Manager® and fifty other books, including the New York Times business bestsellers Gung Ho! and Raving 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.

Susan Fowler is one of the world's foremost experts on personal empowerment and has spoken on the subject in all fifty of the United States and more than twenty foreign countries. With Ken Blanchard and Laurence Hawkins she created -- and is the lead developer of -- Situational Self Leadership;®, which focuses on empowerment and taking the initiative when you're not in charge. She is an adjunct professor for the University of San Diego's masters of science in executive leadership program.

Laurence Hawkins is an internationally renowned management consultant, motivational speaker, and -- with Ken Blanchard and Susan Fowler -- the coauthor of the Situational Self Leadership program. Hawkins received his bachelor's degree in American history and literature from Williams College and his master's and doctoral degrees in leadership and organizational behavior from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Product Details

  • File Size: 213 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; 1 edition (October 13, 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000JMKT50
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,846 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic of No Excuses August 18, 2005
This is a terrific, and terrifically wise little book. The message of having a "leadership" perspective--no matter what your title in your organization--is simply liberating. Being able to use the Situational Leadership II model to influence up is inspirational. So often we wait around for someone or something else to make it all more! My favorite is Points of Power. I never knew I had so much influence over my success and happiness. Wonderful!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Leadership for the rest of us! September 8, 2005
By Perky
This sassy little parable turns leadership upside down. Leading yourself? Fantastic idea! Why would I wait for someone else to tell me what to do and how to do it, never mind why I oughta do it? This book showed me how to set meaningful goals, what I need to do at each step of the way, and how to keep going when the going gets tough. And not just on the job. My 15-year granddaughter went through a student version of the self leadership workshop and used the concepts to make the tennis team at school. Nice of the management gurus to share their precious little secrets with us.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Self Leadership is the Key August 19, 2005
I found this book to contain some key principles for individual success in all phases of life. It will help me become a better self leader by teaching me how to seek out the direction and support I need to be successful. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in being more successful in all areas of their life.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good concept but.... January 10, 2007
By Mr. Ed
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The idea behind increasing effectiveness is a good one. There were times that I was able to incorporate the ideas into the situations here in an optical office. There were more times however, that the events just do not unfold as you would hope. It is as this point that the book's offered guidelines become faint and you may find yourself deeply in, and feel like you are starting over.

Worked in conjunction with the other Minute Manager books your business self is improved. The earlier books were more helpful than this addition to the series on their own. This edition just does not stand up by itself.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Amazing! June 7, 2006
I selected a variety of management books to browse at a local bookstore. This was the second book I picked up from the stack and I didn't get to any of the others. I couldn't put it down. Because it was such a quick and easy read, I finished it in the store!

When I finished I felt better about myself, my position at my newly formed software company, and how to push through to complete my large goal list. I will definitely be adding this book to my library. My friends and coworkers will be receiving copies as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No more excuses... January 17, 2008
This is a delightful book with a very clear, easy to follow message to help anyone become a self leader. Blanchard identifies the different types of power that each person can possess and shows how to use it to become an effective leader, regardless of your position within the company. Using the situational self leadership model, the story very clearly illustrates how to get away from being a victim and blaming others to becoming a leader and accepting responsibility.

This book is a very easy read with useful information for everyone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eliminating Victimization September 5, 2006
One of the main problems with most organizations is the amount of victimization throughout; blaming everything and everybody for ones problems. In delightful story form, this book shows how one can go from being a victim to self leader. The book gets at the very foundational factors that allow us to learn and grow and shows how we can use our power to lead ourselves and others. It is a must-read for everyone.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is for everyone September 3, 2005
Everyone, no matter what your role, should read this book. If you are already successful, this book will help you to sustain your success. If you are striving, this book will help you attain your goals more efficiently and effectively. Besides that, it is a fun and entertaining read.

If you have any doubts at all about your career or where you're headed, this book will show you the path to dispelling those doubts.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
Great management book. Helps to create a common language for team members.
Published 15 days ago by Mweiler
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for aspiring leaders
A very good book for people who Have stepped into or are about to step into a leadership / team lead role. The story setting makes it an easy read. Read more
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I'm reading this for my risk and change management class and I can't help but relate to much of who I've been, where I'm currently at, and where I want to be in this book. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent food for thought
Great concepts to bring out the best in you and your team. To recognise that you don't have to have all the answers and be aware around you of who has. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST read
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Published 1 month ago by Nagwan Mohammed Noaman
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Having read One-Minute manager years ago, and wanting some refresher principles for my own leadership situation at this point in life, I found this book to have the same kind of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Steve
5.0 out of 5 stars very nice story!
Very intriguing story! I read it in one breath!
Book is very useful for me on my new manager position.
Published 1 month ago by Yury Prokashev
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book
There are many take aways, including but not limited to the three magic tricks. The lesson about power is really insightful.
Published 4 months ago by Z. Bartusch
5.0 out of 5 stars it's a great book
This book is a great start for leaders and managers who are just starting in their roles. It is also a great book to enhance what the leader/manager already knows. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Thokozani
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Lots of lessons learned that can be applied immediately. Very valuable and a fast read. Highly recommended and will purchase more books from Ken Blanchard.
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More About the Author

Few people have influenced the day-to-day management of people and companies more than Ken Blanchard. A prominent, sought-after author, speaker, and business consultant, Dr. Blanchard is universally characterized by his friends, colleagues, and clients as one of the most insightful, powerful, and compassionate individuals in business today. Ken is one of the most influential leadership experts in the world and is respected for his years of groundbreaking work in the fields of leadership and management.

Dr. Ken Blanchard is the cofounder and Chief Spiritual Officer of The Ken Blanchard Companies, an international management training and consulting firm that he and his wife, Margie Blanchard, began in 1979 in San Diego, California. In addition to being a renowned speaker and consultant, Ken also spends time as a visiting lecturer at his alma mater, Cornell University, where he is a trustee emeritus of the Board of Trustees.

Ken has received many awards and honors for his contributions in the fields of management, leadership, and speaking. The National Speakers Association awarded him its highest honor, the "Council of Peers Award of Excellence." He was inducted into the HRD Hall of Fame by Training magazine and Lakewood Conferences, and he received the Golden Gavel Award from Toastmasters International. Ken also received The Thought Leadership Award for continued support of work-related learning and performance by ISA--The Association of Learning Providers. Ken has been inducted into Amazon's Hall of Fame as one of the top 25 best-selling authors of all time. The business school at Grand Canyon University bears his name. In addition, Ken teaches students in the Master of Science in Executive Leadership Program at the University of San Diego.

Born in New Jersey and raised in New York, Ken received a master's degree from Colgate University, and a bachelor's and PhD from Cornell University. An avid golfer, Ken belongs to the Loch Lomond Golf Club in Scotland.


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