- Paperback: 111 pages
- Publisher: Berkley Trade; Reissue edition (January 1, 1983)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425098478
- ISBN-13: 978-0425098479
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.4 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 675 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Kenneth Blanchard, Ph.D., is one of the most recognizable names in American business today. His One Minute Manager® Library has sold over nine million copies worldwide. He is also an award-winning speaker and business consultant.
Spencer Johnson, M.D., is the author of the runaway hit, Who Moved My Cheese?. Eleven million of his books are in print in 26 different languages.
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While you or I may have thought of it, or part of it at some point, it's nice to have a quick book lay it all out for you to digest and internalize as a whole philosophy for managing any group of people.
Unfortunately the majority of people that move up to the title of manager have little to no training ... managing people. My personal experience is that anyone without management training decides that managing = "cracking the whip" and then doesn't understand when he not only doesn't get the results he expected but that his entire team wishes he would die in a fire.
This book should be required reading for anyone promoted to manager.
The book is almost 30 years old and, because it's more principle centered rather than practical, I would say it has stood the test of time quite well. Given today's complex work environment, where often times responsibilities are difuse and not clearly defined, things like "one minute" goal settings should be taken in a more aspirational than in a literal way, and as long as you see it that way you can get much value out of this book. In fact many performance management systems today are already based on these ideas, so it's useful to understand them.
"One Minute Manager" emphasizes the importance of asking the right questions, holding your staff to a high standard, holding them accountable (and yourself), and offering praise when it's appropriate. Like most leadership books, Blanchard's philosophy is pretty straightforward and touches on many of the same concepts other books espouse.
You just can't beat the super fast read and the super easy to reference layout.
A must-have for your leadership library.
If you buy this book you will not be disappointed. I initially purchased this book as required reading for one of my classes and I couldn't be happier that I was introduced.
This is a great gift item for those who are into self-help books or business professionals. Enjoy!