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The One Minute Manager

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3.92  ·  Rating details ·  109,051 ratings  ·  1,820 reviews
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 achieved through learning the management techniques that spell profitability for the organization and its empl ...more
Hardcover, 111 pages
Published October 7th 2003 by William Morrow & Company (first published 1981)
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Syed Muhammad Manager who are managing peopleTypes
- "Tough"
- Interested in results
- Profit-minded
- Organization wins while people lose
- "Nice"
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Manager who are managing peopleTypes
- "Tough"
- Interested in results
- Profit-minded
- Organization wins while people lose
- "Nice"
- Interested in people
- People win while organization loses
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Nov 27, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Chad Warner
Nov 11, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommended to Chad by: Al Tomes
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
- "Tough"
- Interested in results
- Profit-minded
- Organization wins while people lose
- "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
Is there a word for books that are over one hundred pages long but which summarise themselves in less than one page?

In this case everything you need to know is on page, luckily not room, 101 (view spoiler). The rest of the book is some kind of modern fable, presumably because the authors felt embarrassed by the idea of selling their idea on a postcard, that repetitiously repeats that the man
Trey Piepmeier
Sep 12, 2010 rated it it was ok
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 thinking you care about them, they'll do what you want. Of course, it's fra
Alex Duncan
Jul 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A must read for new managers.
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Well that was a very basic and short book!

I liked it but I personally didn't find much value in it. Though, if only my shittiest manager were to have read this book - I would be freed from so much sucky-ass-manager grief!

The structure of this book is so strange... usually personal development books are instructional and insightful which this book kinda is but it's told as a story. It's a story about interviewing several people lol I feel like Blanchard did this to thicken the book, else he cou
Mike Steven
Jul 24, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Jan 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Shanna Gonzales
Mar 09, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011
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. ...more
Yousif Al Zeera
Aug 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Nice read and very light. Read it while on a bus-drive from Manama, Bahrain to Al Medina, KSA.
Dhruv Sharma
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: insight
I Liked this book and let me try to summarize the takeaway using a small example of a game called “Bowling”:

Let’s say a person X (who is supervisor level of employee) is playing bowling and the pins are being place by another person Y (who is happens to be a senior management level employee). The idea is that the Y will set the pins and X will strike the pins using the ball.

The catch here in the game is that there is a curtain in between the player who is bowling and the pins he need to strike (
Jul 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Vamshi C
Apr 30, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
Mar 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
One Minute Goals,
One Minute Praisings,
One Minute Reprimands
David Lucero
Sep 26, 2017 rated it liked it
A helpful book with good times on time management.
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful ! !
Mark Villareal
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A simple read yet very impactful. The One Minute Manager lays out how being an effective manager is important and the impact one has on their team. It also demonstrates to me how a manager grows and develops into a leader by exercising and growing their own emotional intelligence by workers with the emotional intelligence of others.
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
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
May 13, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition


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
Steffen Nielsen
Oct 23, 2014 rated it did not like it
This is probably the worst management book I have ever read. It is filled with so many trivial things that most people have already learned in their upbringing which makes the book completely unbearable.

On the front cover it states that this is the World's Most Popular Management Method. I don't believe that is a fact. It also says More Success With Less Stress. As an old stress "victim" I take statements like that very serious however it is hardly mentioned in the book how this is achieved. Th
Mar 16, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: management
The book is short and humorous, a good read for non-readers.

The book takes solid mangagerial info and gives it to the reader handily in the form of three "secrets." Managers should cast clear vision and expectations, commend good work, and correct mistakes.

The advice to be very practical and while some may consider it far too simple, it can help you a lot IF you actually apply the info- which I suspect most managers do not.

Leadership and management are both critically important skills. The one
Jan 31, 2015 rated it liked it
Short,to-the-point and devoid of any technical jargons. At times the narrative turns dull and it seems oversimplified but the intention of the author is quite clear. The book is targeted towards the impatient generation of today and wants to dispense the author's wisdom and tips frugally and not the other way round with an extensive plot. ...more
LeikHong Leow
Nov 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I recently find time to re-read this book; and found many inspiring ideas from it.

One minute goal setting - how to create short and precise goals for your team
One minute praise - catch you people doing the right things and give them an immediate praise
One minute reprimand - if you find someone doing wrong, give them immediate feedback and correction action.
Oct 29, 2016 rated it did not like it
As believable as "The One Minute Practice to Win the Super Bowl", or "The One Minute Best Actress Oscar". This was forced upon me at work and the company paid something like $19.95 each for 100s of copies. So, "The One Minute Method to Make Tons of Money" would be a better title. Better than "Who Moved My Cheese", though. ...more
Bilal Rajab
Mar 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book provides a core principal that will change your behavior in managing people more efficiently.
I like the way this book delivered it's message through conversations during the chapters, It was interesting
Kirtida Gautam
Dec 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: chakra-3
It is an okay book. A very quick read.
Pooja Bhoi
Jan 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 100-pages
A very well written book about self-help. It guides the reader to properly manage work and relations.
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Ken Blanchard, one of the most influential leadership experts in the world, is the coauthor of the iconic bestseller, The One Minute Manager, and 60 other books whose combined sales total more than 21 million copies. His groundbreaking works have been translated into more than 27 languages and in 2005 he was inducted into Amazon’s Hall of Fame as one of the top 25 bestselling authors of all time.

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