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Ken Blanchard, PhD, is one of the most influential leadership experts in the world. He has co-authored 60 books, including Raving Fans and Gung Ho! (with Sheldon Bowles). His groundbreaking works have been translated into over 40 languages and their combined sales total more than 21 million copies. In 2005 he was inducted into Amazon's Hall of Fame as one of the top 25 bestselling authors of all time. The recipient of numerous leadership awards and honors, he is cofounder with his wife, Margie, of The Ken Blanchard Companies®, a leading international training and consulting firm.

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  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (May 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060881674
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060881672
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Like many people, I was enthused by the simple, clear picture presented by THE ONE MINUTE MANAGER of the key management tasks that could allow me to communicate better with others. Then the doubt began. How do I handle tough people? How do I handle promising beginners? And so forth. I think I learned much more from reading PUTTING THE ONE MINUTE MANAGER TO WORK than I did from the ONE MINUTE MANAGER. An expecially good part is the PRICE system that uses measurements to create valuable feedback and motivation for people to improve. I strongly urge you to read this book. If you want to know even more about how to use measurements and feedback to get results that are 20 times better, you owe it to yourself to read THE 2,000 PERCENT SOLUTION. This book is totally consistent with the One Minute Manager books.
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Almost everyone who reads the One Minute Manager loves the book, both for its simplicity and clarity. One minute goal-setting, praisings and reprimands soon abound. Gradually, all of this good communication can begin to tail off.
The One Minute Manager process needs to become a new habit and to expand the skills both of the one minute manager and the people who work for her/him. That's where Putting the One Minute Manager to Work comes into play.
This excellent sequel to the One Minute Manager provides more guidance on how to combine goal-setting, praisings and reprimands. This is combined in the Price System. Price stands for Pinpoint where performance should be improved, then Record the current performance, Involve the person involved in setting goals and how reviews and coaching will occur, Coach people to improve results, and Evaluate the performance to reinforce the good and replace the not so good.
This is basically the classic Skinner model on behavior modification, and it works well.
The key limitation of the approach is that it does not go far enough to determine where and how much performance should be improved, learn what is possible, and use best practices to transfer knowledge.
In terms of the 2,000 percent solution process, this just covers part of the first two of eight steps. But it does cover what it covers well.
If this process improves you from where you are today, by all means use it. If you are already a great communicator and motivator, then you are beyond this book.
My guess is that almost everyone in their first managerial role would benefit from this book. Communications are the biggest source of stalled performance in most companies, and this book provides solid information for overcoming that stall.
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This book is pitched at managers who are either new to the position or managers who feel they might have people problems they need to resolve - in other words: everybody. A lot of the philosophy is common sense to me, and I say this to emphasize that I agree with it wholeheartedly.

The core of the book revolves around closing the loop - if you'll pardon the pun - on training, monitoring and giving feedback when managing employees. The authors follow the style of management that delineates goals, performance and how the employee's performance matches the targets: activators, behaviors and consequences, that is, the ABC's of people management.

The manager should make sure he ("he" is she or he) sets appropriate goals for each employee and for each task. Goals must be concrete and observable and targets must be measurable. When giving feedback, make sure it is constructive. If the results are positive, give lots of praise. If the results aren't up to par, review the reasons with the employee, get agreement, and end the discussion on a positive note, praising the employee about one angle of the task he or she did well. The authors therefore, advocate encouraging learning by reassessing goals, and never reprimanding a learner.

Another part of the philosophy is PRICE, which stands for P-inpoint, R-ecord, I-nvolve, C-oach, E-valuate - all revolving around identification and recording of planned measurable output, help or coaching along the way and checking performance against the specific targets originally set. This identification and planning of the measurable output must be arrived at together with the employee to ensure that the employee has a sense of ownership of the targets to achieve.
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This book is still great to read if you are looking for a practical management guide. It is not very long, and tells the management issues simply, giving you a practical work-environment examples. This book does not require you to read the one minute manager. It can be read separately, although you might get more out of it if you read first the one minute manager. The style is not a research-style but more aimed for "normal" managers who are busy and stressed, and want to read something easy and quickly that would help them improve their management style and practices.
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This publication helped bond my staff and create an atmosphere of collaboration. The 1 Minute Manager boils down to a couple of simple steps. Manage your staff and not let them manage you. (Don't let the tail wag the dog). Creatively critique when mistakes happen or behavior needs modification, but most importantly, let them know when they do things right. The book could be summed up in about 30 pages. Good product if you are attempting to define your leaders in your organization. Some get it some don't. Those that don't....get rid of them.
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