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With a new foreword by Ken Blanchard The original, bestselling blockbuster which has transformed businesses world wide. The blockbuster number one international bestselling phenomenon is back ! not that it ever really went away. This easily-read story quickly demonstrates three very practical management techniques: One Minute Goals, One Minute Praisings and One Minute Repr...more
Paperback, 111 pages
Published October 1st 1983 by Berkley Trade (first published 1981)
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James
There is this genre I call business fiction. The characteristics of the genre are as follows:

1. A Simple contrived narrative with a pedantic plod.
2. An aim at communicating common sense wisdom for the business world.
3. A healthy overlay of positive thinking.
4. characters you could care less about because they are one dimensional, mindless automatons sent by the author to fulfill his didactic purposes but do not breath, bleed, or have any life of their own.
5. Lots of slogans that would look nic...more
Mohammed Alsaleh
أشكر المولى جلت قدرته .. أن يسر لي الدخول على موقع " قودريدز " ومنه .. قرأت ملخصاً للكتاب لأجزم على شرائه .. وأقرؤه في فترة أشد ما أحتاجه فيها !
مدير الدقيقة الواحدة .. كتاب إداري .. حاز على جوائز عالمية .. وبيع منه أكثر من 7 ملايين نسخة حول العالم .. كما ترجم إلى عدة لغات مختلفة ..
سأحاول أن ألخص أفكار الكتاب حتى تصل لذهن القارئ .. كما أشير بأن الملخص لا يغني عن قراءة الكتاب لأن بين السطور ما بينها .. وهناك الكثير من الفوائد التي جنيتها من الكتاب ..
تتلخص فكرة مدير الدقيقة الواحدة بالتالي :
1. وضع...more
Trey Piepmeier
The writing is absolutely wretched. It's as if it were written for school children. Poorly.

That being said, I think this is probably a really solid management style. I just wish they showed a little more respect for the reader. The dialog attribution alone is nausea-inducing.

This is from the same school of thought as Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends & Influence People. Which is, basically, if you manipulate people into think you care about them, they'll do what you want. Of course, it's fr...more
Chad Warner
Nov 11, 2009 Chad Warner rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chad by: Al Tomes
Shelves: self-help
This short book packs a lot of advice about effective management into an allegorical story. The tips are realistic and practical, and not too preachy. Here are my notes, mostly quoted straight from the book:

Manager Types
Autocratic
- "Tough"
- Interested in results
- Profit-minded
- Organization wins while people lose
Democratic
- "Nice"
- Interested in people
- People win while organization loses

People who feel good about themselves produce good results.

One minute goal setting
1. Agree on your goals.
2. S...more
Alex Duncan
A must read for new managers.
Mike Steven
This was on the shelf on the house I stayed at on my holidays and as I'm supposed to lead a team these days I thought it would be useful.



David Brent could have written this book. It's so cheesey and american it's unreal. Basically it has three ideas. One minute target setting - all goals mapped out in less than 250 words with each team member getting fourteen or fifteen or twenty odd or something targets. There's also one minute praise. It advises you to 'touch people in a reassuring way' during...more
Stefy Davis
Simple, quick and entertaining story about how to manage yourself and be a manager.

You'd think there'd be a secret sauce to it, some way to conduct yourself or boss people around in an effective way. Turns out, the three steps of managing (goal setting, praising and reprimanding) are not only a '"minute" each, but couldn't be more jaw-dropping obvious and right.

Be precise about what you want to get done and the quality it has to be done by, but give autonomy in how it's done. This gives space...more
Christopher
Laughably oversimplified advice, for the most part very truthful and common sensical, that I'm sure works spectacularly in a healthy, homogeneous, and fully functional society that I'm having a hard time envisioning in today's world. Written in 1981, the type of managerial relationship portrayed here was already gone, it just hadn't evidenced itself yet. The advice contained within actually works better for dealing with children, specifically your own, when it comes to the much-stressed aspect o...more
Maamar AMEUR
راقت لي قصة الكتاب واستفدت من الحكم و الأفكار التي حملها، وأعجبني أكثر أسلوب الكاتب الممتع والمشوق... قرأته في وقت قصير نظرا لعدد صفحاته، ١٠٦فقط، وأسلوبه الجذاب.
أوافق الأخ محمد آل قرعاني في "مدونة كتب" حين تمنى أن يتحول هذا الكتاب إلى عمل سينمائي؛ حتى تصل أفكاره لشريحة أوسع.
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Shanna Kunkel
Had to read for work. Treat people like people and not just worker bees. Common sense. Managers do NOT use this book that's for sure.
Vamshi C
One minute Manager... Can a manager finish all his job in just one minute? That's what this book claims. Blanchard takes us through a pursuit of a young manager to find the best practices of a Manager. He meets a very efficient manager with whom he learns three basic principles of One minute manager. The book though is a management oriented, the author makes us feel as if we are reading a story. The examples shared by the managers could have been better. All in all i gave this 4 out of 5 only be...more
Tyler Suzuki Nelson
The One Minute Manager is a short book written by Kenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson. Written in a style of fiction, The One Minute Manager presents through example and explanation a method of managing people in a short period of time using only 3 steps.

The main idea behind the book is that to manage people quickly and effectively, there are 3 important steps: 1) Goal Setting, in which an agreement is reached on the person's responsibilities and then these responsibilities are broken down and...more
Jack
The manager who manages best manages the least. That's the big takeaway from this book.

It's mostly true and there's some basic elemental truth in this title. People are people, and regardless of the time period or work environment, they still operate in the same ways and respond to the same incentives.

However, the writing is absolutely wretched. I couldn't wait to finish reading the book and plowed through the last few chapters by sheer force of will. On the positive side, the book is merciful...more
Prashant
I heard about the book a long time back and it has been waiting in my bookshelf for some 1 year now. The only reason that the thinness of the book was not able to entice me in reading it was the fact that most of the famous management books that you come across in your life become clichéd with time. If you have not read them in any chronological order then time and again you are bound to get that feeling of déjà vu.

This book is about a man who is on a lookout for some gyaan(learning) about mana...more
Sunny in Wonderland
*giggle*

*giggle-snort*

OK. I totally get why this book would have been so dog-gone popular... THIRTY-TWO YEARS AGO!

It's a cute story - this up-and-coming yuppie-type interviews a successful business manager to find out his secrets for success. Then he is sent to interview three of this manager's subordinates, who each give him one of the three secrets to being a One Minute Manager. (I kept thinking of Dickens' Christmas ghosts! LOL!)

It's all boiled down to three simple rules: Set Goals, Give Imme...more
Indeneri


This book gets two stars because it has one or two good concepts in it. However, it seems to be haunted by an all American ghost of generation past. Te wistful longing for american cars, the rebuilding of asia...

The writing is pretty bad and I had to force myself to finish it. The only reason I made it to the end was that its a relatively short book.

I agree with the main concepts, take one minute to praise an employee as soon as they do something worthy, and take one minute to reprimand if som...more
Al Spaulding
I picked up this book on a whim while walking through Barnes and Noble and sat down to look through it while drinking my coffee.
90 minutes went by and I was still there. I ended up reading the entire book and even pulling out my notebook and taking notes while doing so.

A short, entertaining, read but definitely full of golden nuggets of value.
The 3 secrets left me smiling at the end of every chapter because these simple yet effective tools can improve ones life not only in the workplace but in...more
Gabriela
I would recommend this book to anyone who is overseeing others in a managerial capacity

The One Minute Manager is a narrative about a young man looking for the most effective management skills. Through this parable, Kenneth Blanchard and Spenser Johnson seek to show what makes the most effective management approach, an approach that allows for employee innovation and creativity. The book includes topics on motivating, appraisals and sanctions as well as goal setting.

I believe that the advice offe...more
Tom
Ken Blanchard is a deceptive genius, and his brief books belie brilliance of how he presents his powerful points and themes. He is able to share some solutions and questions of life's great mysteries and secrets in simple, consumable, and ultimately useable form. In his advisory epistles, he notes rightly, that to the degree that we languish in implementing changes to change and improve our lives, well, the less they impact. Specifically he often talks about a 48 hour grace period.

I've always a...more
Darryl
I enjoyed the format. The young 'go-getter' looks for advice from the seasoned manager that everyone loves to work for.

The book focuses on three practices of a 'One Minutes Manager: Goal Setting, Praisings, and Reprimands.

I liked the one minutes goal setting which describes how the manager ensured both him and his employees were on the same page. In the goal setting phase both parties draft expectations in regards to a new project, and before proceeding make sure that they are heading toward...more
Uzair Ali
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For more than twenty years, millions of managers in Fortune 500 companies and small businesses nationwide have followed "The One Minute Manager's "techniques, thus increasing their productivity, job satisfaction, and personal prosperity. These very real results were achi...more
Abhinav Mishra
This is the story of a One Minute Manager who was so successful in every way that he forgot one important thing: He forgot to stay physically fit. He was so much in demand that he ate on the run, didn't take time to exercise, and all the while saw his weight balloon and his breath grow shorter. He soon discovered success in business was endangering his health. His life was out of balance. For all those busy, achieving people with overcrowded schedules, here is a useful blueprint that shows how t...more
Brian
Jun 27, 2011 Brian rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Brian by: jeremy lizt
Shelves: vpe
(3.0) Overpriced leaflet with some good advice in parable form

It's a parable of a young professional looking for good managers to try to learn the secrets to good management. He finds the "One Minute Manager" who, with the help of his subordinates (themselves becoming One Minute Managers), reveal the secrets to One Minute Management.

Basically:
* Have employees set explicit goals that are terse, understandable and agreed-upon by both manager and managee
* Give praise immediately when managee does s...more
Ash Moran
This is a straightforward business novel that sets out a three-part process for management. First is concise goal setting (especially for inexperienced staff); second is specific praise to initially encourage progressively good behaviour; third is specific reprimands to highlight failure that a person knew how to avoid. The key at all points is to create a rapid feedback loop about behaviour, not a long feedback loop about personalities.

The principles appear well grounded in previous research an...more
Jeff Jones
An incredibly short read that reveals 3 truths for managing people. The style although unusual kept things moving along at a brisk pace. The outlining of a clear goal seems simplistic but have found myself seeking for clarity of goals quite often. The praising & reprimands also would seem obvious but how often does this get over looked? I found the book to be helpful. It does come off a little Pollyannaish in that the real world employees have more problems to work around.
Annalisa
It's a quick read with basic common sense ideas. I was tainted reading this book because I picked it up off the desk of a girl I worked with after a conflict with her left me feeling cornered, manipulated, and helpless. She said she was trying to do the one-minute manager so I wanted to see what made her act so close-lipped and close-minded. Basically this book tells you if you have a problem with an employee, get your criticism out quick with facts instead of emotion and be done with it, move o...more
Dan Hanasono
I've had this book for years, and finally took the time to read through it over the weekend. I admit I am learning how to give a good review, it seems as if many reader's reviews are longer than the book itself. In my opinion, there are very valid management styles addressed in this narrated quest to find good management. Over the top? Yes. Dated? Very much so. Enjoyable to read? sure. I found myself reflecting on how I was managing myself first and foremost which is probably not the point of th...more
La pointe de la sauce
Try as I may, it takes more than one minute when managing real life people. In fact, it takes me a whole days work to manage my employees. The problem with the 'one minute' technique is that it discourages intelligent discourse and reverts the workplace back to a master/slave relationship (perfect in Japan, but not very effective in the west).

Why spend 'one minute managing'? You miss out on discussing the lovely English weather, and I for one think that is a step Too Far! This book is just anot...more
رقيَّة
C'est un livre qui présente les secrets de management efficace _le management minute _sous forme d'histoire d'un jeune homme qui veut apprendre la gestion la plus productive.

Selon les auteurs de "manager minute" les secrets de management efficace sont 3:
*les objectifs MINUTE.
*les félicitations MINUTE.
* et les réprimandes MINUTE.

Mais pourquoi "MINUTE"?
pour ce manager, une minute est suffisante pour lire et relire un objectif fixé;pour féliciter et réprimander...l’efficacité c'est l'atteinte des...more
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Blanchard was born in Orange, New Jersey and grew up in New Rochelle, New York.He attended New Rochelle High School, graduating in 1957. He completed a BS degree in government and philosophy at Cornell University in 1961, a MA degree in sociology and counseling at Colgate University in 1963 and a PhD degree in education administration and leadership at Cornell University in 1967. As an undergradua...more
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