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The One Minute Manager
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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 achieved through learning the management techniques that spell profitability for the organization and its employees.

The One Minute Manager is a concise, easily read story that reveals three very practical secrets: One Minute Goals, One Minute Praisings, and One Minute Reprimands.

The book also presents several studies in medicine and the behavioral sciences that clearly explain why these apparently simple methods work so well with so many people. By the book's end you will know how to apply them to your own situation and enjoy the benefits.

That's why The One Minute Manager has continued to appear on business bestseller lists for more than two decades, and has become an international sensation.

Customer Reviews:

  • I want to give a copy to every manager at work
    I picked this book up for $1.00 at the local library bookstore. It was a great, quick read. I'd like to give it to every manager at the courthouse that I work in, but I don't think that would go over well. It's obviously very basic, and doesn't provide too much instructional information, but it is still entertaining....more info
  • Management
    Very very quick read. A classic. Very simple to understand. Great for communication and goal setting. You can incorporate this mindset into your management right away. Highly recommend....more info
  • Very good starter book for mgt.
    I liked this book and it's easy to read style. However I highly recommend purchasing (from Amazon of course) "The Art of Giving and Receiving Feedback" by Shirley Poertner, Karen Massetti Miller. I combined the info from the 2 books to give myself a complete system of "reinforcement" and "redirection" to use (I dislike Blanchard's use of the term reprimand; sounds too harsh and punishment-like). It takes the process a step further than Blanchard by showing what to do if after a "reprimand" the employee gives resistance or is confused about the expectations. I highly recommend Blanchard's "Situational Leadership and the One Minute Manager". The situational leadership system made my "lightbulb" come on.
    I am now ready to be the manager I was hoping to learn to be when I first purchased the One Minute Manager book! ...more info
    After 30 plus years of training some of the worlds top companies personnel at all levels to turning around small to medium companies in extreme trouble, there has been one major constant that I could trun to without fail; The One Minute Manager!

    For years I have scoured the shelves of new bookstores, online shops and every used book emporium available, just to find copies of this magnificent book for system hungry managers from CEO's to Parents. The quality of your life is driectly the result of how well you manage it. This phenominal book teaches you exactly how to do just that!

    Buy it, Read it, Share it, Re-read it often, Teach its principles, Re-read it and never, not ever, should you ever stop. Every time you open its pages you'll learn something new!

    Buy title and use it in your everyday life! (Now, I buy the CD's whenever possible so that those that I help may listen to its teachings everyday, over and over!)

    Dave Gorham
    (A Discount Printing & Direct Mail Agency.) ...more info
  • The One Minute Reader
    This is the book that started it all. I was recently reorganizing my books and ran across a copy of the original version. I decided to reread it and was really a little dissappointed. I remember reading this back in the 80's and being quite impressed with it.

    So why was I not impressed with it twenty years later? Well, a few reasons. Back in the 80's, we bought our books at a place called a book store. There, you could actually thumb through the book before buying it. So, you could easily see that there wasn't much content. The book is 112 pages, but could have easily fit on half that number. Ah, the magic of formatting. Today, we buy our books online and cannot see that we are dupped into believing there is more content than what is actually here.

    Also, the basic concept here revolves around 3 simple principles, 1 minute goal setting, 1 minute praising and 1 minute reprimanding. There you have it. Don't get me wrong, this is great stuff to know and live by, but by today's standards, this is simply not enough content to warrant the price.

    If you haven't read this book, by all means, get a copy. But don't pay $14.95 for it. It's easy enough to find a nice used copy for a couple of dollars. ...more info
  • Nice book good helpful straight forward tips
    My first real manager pointed me in the direction of this book, and you know what it's helpful. Offering some nice tips on how to make people feel important. One tip in the book about touching people on the elbow or shoulder really adds something to a quick exchange. Nothing earth shattering here but if you are new to managment or want to brush up on some concepts before going on a first interview for a managment job this is a nice read....more info
  • Brilliant!
    Great advice doesn't have to be complicated. One Minute Manager provides a simple formula for management success, whether you're a Vice-President, and school teacher or a parent - this book will help you become a much more effective leader. It's profound, yet straight forward and easy to read. The One Minute Manager is a classic! Make sure you read it. ...more info
  • Excellent, simple management ideas.
    The ONLY book, from the guys who decided to keep milking this one good book, that really is worth a damn. Good, simple management perspective. Over-simplified? Maybe. But, practical, and useful. Especially for new management. At least worth the time. And, hey- you can easily read it in one sitting. ...more info
  • Simple but effective management ideas
    A great and insightful resource for everyone - we all 'manage' others in our lives, especially moms and dads! Great management advice, grab a copy and pass it around work. ...more info
  • Timeless
    I have read this a couple of times in my career already, but the new boss just bought a hardback copy for his management team so I read it again. It doesn't take long.

    The authors of the negative reviews here miss the point. It's not a management tome meant to provide day-to-day advice, but rather a parable offering a timeless philosophy: Tell your employees what you expect, offer timely feedback and exhibit support.

    One reviewer recommended an annual reading. I concur. It's easy to get lost in the specific details and lose sight of foundation principles. Buy the hardback, read and reread. Yes, there is a lot of whitespace, but it's about the message. It's not rocket science, but it's timeless. You and I could have written it, but Blanchard and Johnson beat us to it.

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  • If it works with pigeons in 1943, then it will work with humans in 2006
    B.F. Skinner, K. Breland, and N. Guttman discovered shaping in 1943 at a General Mills flour mill. Oh, the excitement they must have had teaching pigeons to do funny tricks like bowl, peck discs, and pull strings. Now, you can share the fun. Let your employees be the pigeons and you can use Skinners 60-year-old principles to teach your employees tricks.

    Kenneth H. Blanchard and Spencer Johnson shamelessly repackage Skinner's operant conditioning as a management tool. Even the examples are the same: Pigeons and bowling. Told in parable form, the "employees" of the imaginary company love their successive approximations ("One-Minute Goals"), positive rewards ("One-Minute Praisings"), and aversive stimulus ("One-Minute Reprimands"). Using operant conditioning principles to control humans is not new; in fact, B.F. Skinner himself suggested that the principles of operant conditioning can be used efficiently to control a society. In his 1948 novel, Walden Two, he presented a utopian society guided by operant conditioning principles. His 1971 book, Beyond Freedom and Dignity, caused a controversy by presenting his ideas on how operant conditioning could be utilized in an actual society. Although most people are not willing to accept Skinner's utopian ideal, the principles of operant conditioning are being applied in our everyday lives. Apparently, DRS. Johns and Blanchard feel employees, as pigeons, can be controlled with simple antique behavioral modifications. ...more info
  • I'd kill for a boss like this!!
    Once you read this, you will never think a boss is as good as the one in the book...unless they have read it and use it! I can't say enough good things about this. Readable within an hour. Stays with you for a lifetime!!...more info
  • Only one minute's worth of time...
    I must admit it took me a minute to remember this book, as I have read it several years ago. That gives me an advantage on judging the impact of this book. At the time I had given it 2.5 stars but now it will definitly be 2 stars.

    This review is hard to write as I don't like critisizing books. People put their heart and soul in it and it may work for a lot of people. However, I'm not one of them. At the time of reading I had no management experience at all, so it should have felt like a quick and easy way to learn something. I found other books a much better help, though.

    If you want a quick read and spend 4 dollars an hour on this book go ahead. I'd just rather spend more time and money on another one....more info
  • Short to Read, Big on Wisdom
    I really liked this book, but for the same reasons I liked it, some may hate it.

    First of all, it's an easy read, and it gets its points across by telling a story. Other books, such as The Sixty-Second Motivator, have also used this format succesfully, but this style may not appeal to everyone. To me, it makes the book a lot less boring to read.

    Secondly, the book is short. The vast majority of readers will easily be able to read this book in a day. It has bigger font, which I personally liked and thought it made it a joy to read. However here again, some may be turned off by that and consider it to be too "child-like."

    Thirdly, the book takes solid mangagerial info and gives it to the reader handily in the form of three "secrets." I found 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.

    In conclusion, I recommend this short business classic to anyone looking for better ways to improve their managerial skills. I doubt most will be disappointed. Also liked Who Moved My Cheese? An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life by the same author....more info
  • What an allegory should be
    It's short, simple and reinforces its main points. The book is so efficient and well done, there is never a "need" to reread it, but people do. That says something.
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  • Too Plain, Too Simple
    A young man searches for an effective manager because he wants to work for one and become one. When he discovers a nearby manager, the young man visits him. When the young man asks the manager what type of manager he is, the manager alleges that he is a One Minute Manager. The young man wants to learn more, so the manager arranges for him to talk to three of his people.

    The first person that the young man talks to is Mr. Trenell. Mr. Trenell explains to the young man the first secret of One Minute Management: One Minute Goal Setting. One Minute Goal Setting requires one to set goals that would take a minute to read, and then see if the individual's behavior matches his/her goals.

    The second person that the young man talks to was Mr. Levy. Mr. Levy explains to the young man the second secret of One Minute Management: One Minute Praisings. One Minute Praisings requires one to tell people in person specifically what they are doing right, encourage them to do more of the same, and leave a positive feeling about their progress.

    The third person that the young man talks to is Ms. Brown. Ms. Brown explains to the young man the third secret of One Minute Management: One Minute Reprimand. One Minute Reprimand requires one to tell people specifically what they are doing wrong, but attacking the behavior of the individual, not the individual himself/herself. Afterward, remind the individual that they are a good person.

    As you can see, the book merely tells you that an effective manager will set goals, and give praising and reprimands--and nothing more. If you like to read novels, this doesn't cut it neither. It qualifies more as a short story. You can read it in about half hour, so don't waste your money on this book. You can just walk over to your local bookstore and sit down for 30 minutes, and leave having read a semi-interesting short story.
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  • Waste of time
    I was forced to read this, and attend multiple seminars from the Blanchard group. Our CFO lives by the concepts, and he is running our department into the ground by following them. The book is mostly fluff and took less than an hour to read.

    There is ONE good point that I got from it, and that is when setting goals for people they should be trackable, relevant, and attainable. I got that message in about 5 minutes though. The rest anyone should already know -- praise in public and reprimand in private. No kidding, learned that the first time I got humiliated in grade school.

    Skip the book, and polish that resume if you are forced to read it....more info
  • Great! Insightful! Enjoyable!
    This book was a concise and short fable on management that was to the point, enjoyable, and provided much usable information. ...more info
  • Effective Management Tool
    As the owner of Integrity Management Solutions Group, I give a copy of the One Minute Manager to all of my clients. I believe it is a effective way management should be done in todays business. Micro Managing is not the way business owners need to manage to be effective. Holding their employees accountable is the way to run a profitable business. The One Minute Manager is an easy read for anyone and has a step by step guide to putting these techniques into place.

    Shelley Bradford
    Integrity Management Solutions Group
    Pointing the Veterinary Industry to Excellence
    [..]...more info
  • The worst book I ever read cover to cover
    I had a half hour left of my lunch hour. Embodies the 80's management philosophy of coming out from behind the mahogany desk once in a while to inspire the little people. How Streisand. The book was somewhat amusing. Not the message, just the book: HUGE fonts and ample margins were effectively employed to make a fortune cookie into a real book, hardcover and all. Even had a glossy paper sleeve, just like the grown-up books....more info
  • Awsome for your managers
    This is great. I bought it to listen to in my car when I am stuck in traffic. Then I passed it to my employees....more info
  • Readers confuse "simple" with "profound"
    This book is definitely simple, but definitely not profound, timeless OR classic.

    This is a rather short book -- readable in a single sitting -- and yet it is still mostly fluff. It could easily be condensed to 1/3 of its original length or less without losing any meaning.

    My biggest gripe with the book is the format: it is written as a fictional narrative, with a contrived storyline that reads like it was translated from some other language. I really can't stand this style of writing. Why introduce these characters at all in a non-fiction book? Especially if they aren't based on real-world events, aren't developed at all, and don't serve any allegorical purpose?

    I, on the other hand, believe that the word is a very large and complex place. Real knowledge can be condensed down to some set of first principles, but over time you only gain understanding by understanding the subtle complexity that underlies everything inside and around us.

    The principles in this book are valid -- but almost to the point of obviousness.

    1) Set goals with your employees (to communicate expectations and set evaluation criteria).
    2) Reward your employees when they do something right.
    3) Reprimand your employees when they do something wrong.

    Sure, this is a jumping off point for some extremely clueless managers, but it also glosses over a lot of subtle complexity involved in motivating people.

    To my mind, one of the single most obvious things you can do to motivate people is to flip the question around: ask your employees what motivates *them*. This is going to be different for everybody. Money is an important motivator, but some people are also interested in job security; some employees want to be challenged; others want to work on something meaningful, and so on. You really need to understand these various sources of motivation in order to have any hope of keeping them productive.

    This book, however, presents a binary view of motivation: either you encourage, or else you reprimand. (I suppose there's a third state suggested, but not explicitly described: not communicating at all.)

    As a final nit to pick: for some reason, the unenlightened managers in this book are characterized as having messy offices and calendars that are booked up heavily. The one minute manager, on the other hand, has a perfectly tidy office, and is rarely too busy to take walk-in appointments. This distinction isn't explained in the book at all, but it seems to me to be a subconscious message that one minute managers are also magically transformed into tidy, efficient workers who have a lot of free time to philosophize. Indeed, the student in this book evolves into this one minute manager mold and magically his office is cleaned up, too. I'd love to read a "one minute office organizer" book. Let me know when they write that one....more info