The One Minute Manager

Since you are reading this post, you may be wondering: How can I take my people management to the next level?

Or you may be just interested in knowing more about  The One Minute Manager, a people management masterpiece from Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson.

That’s good actually as you know what you are looking for. I got to know about this book when I don’t know what to expect from this book.

I started working with a mid-sized software development company which was led by an American CEO who was great at training their people.

Since I was hired to head the Software Product Development Division, soon after my joining, I was “given” the One Minute Manager Book to learn people management from and take my people management skill to the next level.

Here’s the hand-written note written on the book copy I got:

Utpal,

It is great to have you on the team!

I look forward to many productive years of working together.

Enjoy the book and even more important, be the best manager your team can ever have!

I read the book, understood a little and started acting according to the principles offered in the book. In last five years, almost all people who worked with me has conveyed to me in one or the other way that they enjoyed working with me.

Its credit goes to the American CEO I learned a lot from and the authors of  the One Minute Manager book, Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson.

So, here’s to the ones who want to take their people management skills to the next level.

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I still have a LOT to learn when it comes to people management but this book as established a framework which makes it easy for me to get things done in a team.

The book taught me how to give yourself & the others “the gift” of getting greater results in less time. Here’s the formula:

SET GOALS; Praise and Reprimand Behaviors; Encourage People.

SPEAK THE TRUTH; Laugh; Work; Enjoy…

and encourage the people you work with to do the same as you do!

Have you read this book? How did you find it? Were you able to leverage the principles outlined in the book? Share it in the comments.

Or you think you should read this book? Here’s the link from where you can buy the One Minute Manager book.

Note: This post was originally published on 9th Oct 2008. This is refined to provide better context and to include the One Minute Manager presentation that I use to make the managers working in my team better people managers.

About Utpal Vaishnav

Utpal Vaishnav aka UV is an untitled entrepreneur, blogger and author. Runs an agile mobile apps development startup. Visit his personal website or follow him on Twitter @UtpalVaishnav.

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