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The One Minute Review

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My thoughts on: 

The One Minute Manager
By Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson

Red Buckets : 

Disclaimer: I am NOT a literary expert;
therefore, reviews posted here are entirely based on
my personal opinion and taste as a reader.
 

Goal # 35 Read More – I first got this book from a friend about six years ago; at the time she was my supervisor and had recently promoted me to the position of Manager of one of the departments under her command.  As it happened, I ended up relocating shortly thereafter and never got to really read the book, just briefly scammed through it. 

My goal of reading more led me to retake this book; as I needed to read 5 more books before the end of the year to reach my self-imposed quota.  I recalled the book as being interesting and conveniently short.

In general I am not very interested in business literature but this text is a bit more than that; I am glad I decided to go for this one.  In summary it is a great book for managers of people; whether you are managing people at work, home, or life in general.  The basic concepts are simple and easy to apply to any aspect of your life and relationships. 

At times the oversimplified concepts made me want to go “Duh!”, but that is really the beauty of the book.  It provides the reader with key skills in a way that anyone can understand and relate to.  The cores of the book are three basic steps – One Minute Goal Setting; One Minute Praisings, and One Minute Reprimands – which when applied, will have a huge and positive impact on your interactions with people, as well as help produce the desired results from those interactions. 

Through the text there are several quotes that exemplify its main messages.

“Everyone is a potential winner.  Some people are disguised as losers; don’t let their appearance fool you.”

“People who feel good about themselves produce good results”

The authors of the book, Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson are widely recognized for their achievements in the world of management and management literature.  Johnson is also the author of one of the most useful books I have read Who Moved My Cheese? , which is all about dealing with change and making it work in your favor. 

Have you read The One Minute Manager and/or Who Moved My Cheese?  Do you have any good short books recommendations? Happy Readings!

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4 responses »

  1. I’ve often seen this book, but never read it. I’m going to add it to my list and let you know what I think. Have you ever heard of the “Minute Poem”? It reads…

    I’m a tiny little minute
    Only sixty seconds in it
    Forced upon me, can’t refuse it.
    Didn’t seek it, didn’t choose it.
    But it’s up to me to use it.
    I must suffer if I lose it.
    Give account if I abuse it,
    Just a tiny little minute but an eternity is it in.

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    • Hi Phil, I had not heard of the Minute Poem, thanks for sharing it. Brief and truthful. One minute can make all the difference. Thanks for taking a minute to leave me feedback; it’s always good to hear from you 🙂

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  2. Well thanks for peeking in. I am looking forward to your visits and feedback. Please feel free to leave your good reads suggestions as well.

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  3. Enjoyed your review, especially since it wasn’t as long as a book. You went straight to the facts, your likes and dislikes. I appreciate that. Will have to visit you again.

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