Wednesday, November 16th, 2016
The One Minute Manager, by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson, is a remarkable book about management. It is about a young man who is in search of an effective manager and is willing to work for one.
In his search, he meets autocratic managers who are only concerned about the results but not about the people.
He also meets democratic managers who are concerned only about the people. Their people gained while their organizations lost.
Each of these managers —the “tough” autocrat and the “nice” democrat— are only partially effective, like being half a manager.
An effective manager is interested in the people as well as the results, so that both the people and the organization gained in his management.
This manager is called in the book as “the one minute manager” as it took very little time for him to get big results from people.
Then, the one minute manager starts his first magister class, and the following are some interesting statements:
People who feel good about themselves, produce good results. We get more done when we are feeling good about ourselves.
Productivity is more than just the quantity of work done. It is also the quality. Productivity is both quantity and quality, and the best way to achieve both of these results is through people.
There are three “secrets” or elements to one minute management:
- The one minute goal setting: to agree on goals (no more than half a dozen) with staff members.
- The one minute praisings: to provide immediate and specific positive feedback on actions undertaken.
- The one minute reprimand: to give as soon as an employee does something wrong.
In following post I will delve into detail about these three secrets and why they work.
These Notes have been taken from:
- The PDF The One Minute Manager.