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Self Leadership and the One Minute Manager: Increasing Effectiveness Through Situational Self Leadership Hardcover – May 24, 2005

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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, 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.



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.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; 1 edition (May 24, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060799129
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060799120
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 happen...no 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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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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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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This book is ok, but definitely not at the caliber of the original One Minute Manager book. Having taken training at work based on Situational Leadership that focuses on the same concepts of adaptive management I was disappointed in how the material was presented. The training i took was far more effective in delivering the lessons of self leadership. While I could relate to the main character in the story who was recently promoted to a leadership role and the challenges of learning how to operate in a new job function, the character that delivered the management lessons (Cayla) was distracting. Cayla's role made a plausible work situation seem like an improbable scenario with a stalker-like mentor and made the book uninteresting. I get the idea of framing the book as a story that people can relate to and having the material seem less academic, but unfortunately the Self Leadership and the One Minute Manager fails to deliver.
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I lead a team of 17 people and I am a big supporter and believer in the Situational Leadership tool that is presented in this book. I've used this with a number of my associates to get them the beginning understanding of the philosophy and help them to own their own development to progress further in their career.

Without fail this had shown great results and nearly every time one of my associates finishes this book it results in many more conversations and a deeper dive into the fundamentals of SL.

I definitely recommend this book to anyone in a leadership position.
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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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Great read! Very informative and helpful to work and life in general. This book is helpful if you are in a leadership position within your organization or a direct report -- or even a stay at home mom in charge of a fundraiser for the PTA. It helps to understand how you can use your available resources to make sure you achieve your goal. It's written in a very simple straightforward way. I love the use of the story to drive home all the points. I definitely recommend this book!
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I think we have over done ourselves and looking for the latest and newest of things and then this book came along. I am baffled by the simple nothing high tech nor latest of the leadership skills that works, but something as simple as the suggestion to apply DELEGATION can amaze you in how much release it gives to just trust and delegate. I love this book.
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