The New One Minute Manager

The New One Minute Manager by Kenneth Blanchard Ph.D. and Spencer Johnson M.D.

The New One Minute Manager is one of those books that every new manager should read. It is a great book that provides the reader with simple and quick ways to engage your team! The brevity of each chapter allows the reader to get to the point quickly with some tips they can immediately implement. These elements make it great for book clubs at your work! It is a low-cost book with valuable information, it breaks down the simple management techniques that can yield results quickly, hence the One Minute title.

It breaks down three areas of basic management principles, according to the other:

  • One Minute Goals to ensure the team understands where they are headed and the expectations of their role
  • One Minute Praising that supports the team to encourage the right things to do
  • One Minute Reprimand which helps to refocus the team to correct a behaviour

The book is great because it can apply to managers with big or little teams, to managers that have been in management for a while and looking to freshen up their management skills, managers that have been recently promoted and are looking for ideas on how to start or even to individuals who are responsible for teams that are necessarily involved in management. In essence, if you are a manager that is looking to make differences with your team, this is the right book for you. Be ready to receive some simple quick ideas you can implement immediately without needed to read through pages and pages of philosophical psychology essays about how people think and about the psychology of being a good manager. Which, in the end, will leave you more confused than when you started, unless you like that sort of thing.

One last tip, be sure to have ten pennies close, you will need it as one of the exercises you will be presented with during your reading. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Be sure to leave your opinion on the book or review below.

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