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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2014

    Really good one. I found it very helpful and allowed me to incre

    Really good one. I found it very helpful and allowed me to increase my daily productivity for sure. To switch from theory and to practice I recommend an app called Beesy if you’re used to work with your ipad. It’s a business app designed for productivity improvement. It’s an all-in-one app based on a unique concept of dynamic note-taking. An ipad is a great tool for work with the appropriate app. Along with the one minute manager tips you can get from the book (and all the tips you can get from various managerial books), you could get significant productivity increase.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2004

    Good info, but seriously lacking depth

    My basic feeling with this book is that it discussed some good concepts, but was way short on depth. The book has sold well over 8 million copies and the simplicity of it seems to be its main strength. After all, most people who manage employees don't want to spend their free time reading management books. But you are doing managers a disservice if you don't give them the full picture about what it takes to have a group of employees with high levels of morale, motivation, and productivity. The book is broken down into three main themes: *One Minute goals *One Minute praisings *One Minute reprimands The basic idea is that you tell employees what you want from them and then give them positive or constructive negative feedback depending on whether or not they are achieving their specified goals. Although I totally agree with these three principles, do the authors really think that's all there is to managing employees? What about the importance of hiring the right employee in the first place? What about the importance of training employees well? What about the importance of setting a good example? What about listening to ideas that employees have? What about taking each employee's strengths and weaknesses into account in determining how to make them the most productive? What about how managers should approach firing employees (if there are no other options)? These are just a few issues that I consider to be extremely important that are not even touched in the book. In addition, the three concepts that were in the book could have been discussed in more detail. I'll give this book four stars since it is worth reading and there is some good material in it. Just remember that there is a lot missing, too. Greg Blencoe Author, The Ten Commandments for Managers

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