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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; New edition edition (1 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007107927
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007107926
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.7 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A measurement of a good leader is ability to develop other leaders, not followers. In today's world, many new supervisors are thrust into a "baptism by fire" management environment. I found this book to be an easy to read guide that arms newcomers to management with the basic tools for building worker relationships and getting the best out of their staffs. As a result, their efforts are guided into decisions that generate increasingly positive outcomes in uncomfortable situations. Self confidence builds and leadership/management styles improve. I have made it a habit during my welcome interviews to provide each new management employee with a copy of "The One Minute Manager". We all enjoy the benefits! --By Joe Ruszczyk on March 6, 2000

When most people become a manager for the first time, they are more than a little unsure of themselves. Naturally, they often use speech and ways of doing things that they have seen others use. That's great if their role models are good, but can be terrible otherwise. The One Minute Manager provides a positive role model for those who have not yet seen one, and good reinforcement for those who have not seen one lately. If organizations try to operate on the assumption that only the manager has ideas worth acting on, then very little will be accomplished. The One Minute Manager provides a useful model for opening up and stimulating the minds of everyone in the organization to accomplish more. Not only is this advice worth following from an effectiveness point of view, it will also make you feel better about yourself as a manager and as a person when you follow it. And you will certainly make those who report to you feel a lot better, as well. I like the use of a parable to help each of us reexamine ourselves, because it makes the reader feel less defensive. But be sure to remember what you gut instincts would have been in the same situations the One Minute Manager describes. Otherwise, you may miss the point of how much your behavior needs to change. This is one of a handful of books well worth rereading annually. Unlike most business books, this one is short and easy to read. The academic language has been banished, and it is well written. If you want to go beyond The One Minute Manager to get even better results, you will have to learn and use other beneficial habits as well. But you can have all the great ideas in the world, and if you annoy and stifle everyone around you, not much will happen. So think of this book as necessary for more success, but not sufficient in and of itself for getting the utmost benefits in working with others. --By Donald Mitchell --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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‘I’m a One Minute Manager.’
‘You ‘re what?’
The manager laughed and said, ‘I’m a One Minute Manager. I call myself that because it takes very little time for me to get very big results from people.’

How does the One Minute Manager do this? Behind his success lie just three secrets.

The leaders of American and Japanese industry have made this book compulsory reading for all their managers. You can’t afford to miss out.

“This is a remarkable book about management. It takes very little time to read its powerful recipe for getting big results from people – in very little time.”
ROBERT HELLER, Editor, 'Management Today'

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful By gym rat on 6 Jun. 2006
Format: Paperback
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 readers will be disappointed.
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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful By DAVID-LEONARD WILLIS on 10 Nov. 2003
Format: Paperback
Is there a short, easy-to-read management book that can be really useful to the businessman but also helpful for the housewife and in the conduct of family affairs? Is it possible to squeeze into 100 pages enough valuable information so that it serves a multiple audience and could even be a guide for raising children? This book is based on techniques occupying one minute. Concentrating on three core issues, the author first concentrates on goals. In the business world goals would probably be getting more bang for the buck or more widgets per shift or greater efficiency; in the home goal setting can start with children making the bed, keeping the bedroom tidy or clearing up afterwards. Goal setting is only successful if both parties buy into it - boss and employee or parent and child. Agreeing on objectives, expressing them concisely as bullet points, and setting a time frame may take more than a minute but they can be reviewed rapidly and without dispute. The other two core issues - praise or reprimand - follow naturally and each party knows in advance what it will be. There are no surprises.
You can easily read this book and map out your strategy in an evening. It is difficult to imagine that anyone could not find this book helpful in some part of their life.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Mr. GF Settle VINE VOICE on 21 Mar. 2003
Format: Paperback
I can't remember when I read this book and who if anyone recommended it to me but the images and lessons learnt are still very clear.
The calmness of the main character, who is always in control, mentors you page after page with key messages. I always carry a calming image in my mind especially when things get tough at work of visiting the ‘one minute’ manager in his office. I walk through his open door and he turns away from gazing out of the window deep in thought to welcome me and offer advice.
Another of the key thoughts I retain and practice is when disciplining staff you tell them what they haven’t done so well and what you expect from them BUT you leave them with the thought that you know and have seen them do really good work and that is what you want to see them continue to do.
It’s a bit like the STICK and CARROT approach. They leave in a positive frame of mind knowing what is expected of them and knowing that you have faith in their ability to perform and have your support but equally they know the consequences if they do not.
I have found that by adopting this approach I have got very good performances out of my staff and they have felt that they can approach me about any issue. For the rest of the time they have had the confidence to proceed knowing that I will back their judgement.
As one of the previous reviewers has said if you like this book you will love when the ‘One minute Manager Meets the Monkey’ is all about what to do with that problem that’s been put on your back and which you can do sweet FA about. But hey I’m not going to tell you about it in this review.
Also look out for ‘Who moved my Cheese’ the author inspired one of his co-authors to write about how to deal with change. If you are in a rut get this book as well, non of them will cost you much and they are all bite size and fit nicely into you pocket or handbag.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Jun. 2002
Format: Paperback
OK, so this book is not the definitive guide to management, but reading it is guaranteed to change the way you think. I have no hesitation recommending this to anyone who wants to re-examine the way they manage people.
It may not suit everyone and it may not have all the answers, but I learned more from the hour-or-so it took me to read this book than on a seven day management course I attended recently.
It debunks the myth that management has to be hard, or that you can only be a nice guy or a 'company' guy. You can be both.
The main reason people criticise this book is not because the book is bad, but trying to force everyone to use this (or any single) method can never work. And do you really believe a book that bad would sell millions of copies?
And the £5 or so I spent on this book has already helped me get my £10k+ pay rise and promotion this year. That's value for money. Read this. You owe it to yourself.
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