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The One Minute Manager

February 05, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 184

Is The One Minute Manager trying to imply that the tasks of an effective manager can be done or mastered in just a minute? To be precise, the answer is: not exactly. Instead, this book by Kenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson makes you realize that a manager can do significant and lasting things within a minute. In essence, one does not have to really spend hours or days figuring out and finding solutions to problems in handling people effectively.

In fact, The One Minute Manager discusses several suggestions and useful ideas in a simple manner. Managers coming from different settings will find this book truly useful. Focusing on what is deemed important, the book places great emphasis on determining realistic and achievable goals, giving due commendations by catching them while doing the right thing, and prescribing corrections in a positive way. Truly, The One Minute Manager proves that it is never too difficult and time consuming to manage people if you do it right.

The first part of the book discusses on the One Minute Goals. Expressed in not more than two hundred fifty words, both the manager and the employees should be able to describe the desired results. By painting a picture of what their collective expectations really are and how the results should actually look like, it is much easier and manageable to make a step-by-step procedure of achieving such goals. Also, part of the process involves sharing the vision which will lead to sharing of responsibilities.

The second part of The One Minute Manager gives emphasis to One Minute Praising. It is a way of boosting the confidence and morale of your subordinates by confirming that they are doing things right, while they are actually doing it. The praise should be specific enough to gain significance and it should directly point out how it helped the team, the coworkers, and the organization in general. This is very effective in reinforcing a positive performance and gives more reason for the subordinate to continue improving.

The last part of the book talks about One Minute Reprimands. Here, The One Minute Manager points out to the erring subordinate about errors committed in a positive way. It should not be done in a formal setting for it brings a lot of reasons to be anxious. Just like in the process of praising, reprimands should be done right away in order to bear significance. In correcting errors, the manager should thoroughly explain the implications and effects of the mistake to the organization in general. It is important to note that according to the book, once the reprimand is over, it should no longer be mentioned again unless the same error is committed.

The One Minute Manager has captured the attention of many people around the globe because of its simplicity of expression. According to many readers, it can be considered as a light reading material which is easy to understand and grasp. It serves as a quick reference that can be read over and over again.

In additions to the key take aways from The One Minute Manager, Harri Jussila's blog Time Management Solutions contains many other tips on time management and effective self-leadership. Currently you can download 2 time management reports for free!

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