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Leadership and the One Minute Manager: Increasing Effectiveness Through Situational Leadership Hardcover – October 20, 1999
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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.
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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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Blanchard's style tends toward the simple rather than the complicated side of the leadership menu and so his popular books are short and broken into bite-sized chapters, usually based upon one of his trademark sayings.
The `situational' in `situational leadership' means that Blanchard wants to coach a leader who can vary his style based upon the situation he encounters. The idea is not to produce an automaton of managerial efficiency, but rather a human being who is wise. This latter aspect of his program may have increased in recent years. The book under review dates from 1985, but wisdom under other names is already a desirable feature, even if it emerges at this early date more as a technical ability than a character virtue.
I find this little entry to be a refreshing reminder to step back and understand the human being whom one is `managing' when much of my leadership reading focuses--properly, I think--on the person of the leader. Blanchard reminds us between the lines of Leadership and the One Minute Manager that we manage human beings and that we do so for some reason larger than ourselves. Their competence and attitude vary from week to week and from task and so, therefore, should our managerial interaction with them.
That alone is worth the read.
For any new task, be hands-on and directive. Once someone has the basics, keep monitoring the performance in detail, but add some emotional support. Once they have mastered the area, back away on the details and provide some empathy. If they don't relish the interpersonal stuff, back away to low support and low direction.
The book is about 100 pages. Quick reading. Adequate depth. Enough examples and repetition to get the points across. A good book for a quick 2-3 hour training session. However, as with most "managing" books, the key is to apply the principles and develop new habits. Good luck.
It's also a good book for people who are reluctant to lead, when read in combination with the original OMM. It's short and sweet and presented in narrative form, so it's easy to digest.
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