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11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.
Short to Read, Big on Wisdom
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 thi...
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 will be disappointed.
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2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.
posted by Anonymous on June 19, 2005Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 19, 2005
Wow, if someone really wants to know why there are so many leadership problems in this country, look to the One Minute Manager. The book provides a simple approach for how those 'above' deal with those 'below' and dishes this at you like it really is all it takes to be a manager (note: strict adherence to this book may have been all you needed to thrive among the inner circles at Enron). The book revolves around some mystical Super Manager whose draw is that he doesn't need to spend time with anybody; he is finished with you, his subordinate, in, well... One Minute. It is mesermizing to think that you, too, could actually dispose of all your responsibilities with such lightning speed. The greens seem just One Minute away... So how does he do it...? Classical conditioning, a technique used to train animals for millenia. Yes, One Minute tells you almost nothing you didn't already learn in middle school about how to get your dog to roll over: provide rewards (praise) when he does what you want, and communicate concern when he doesn't. Now here's the problem with One Minute: effectively managing a project, department, etc in a legitimate organization requires knowledge, competence, and professionalism in your field. Therein lies the other 99% of managing that One Minute dwelleth not upon, the other 479+ minutes of real work that you (and those competing against you) are being paid for. Anyway, not everything about the book was bad. The content of One Minute is directly applicable to training pets and domesticated animals (thus the second star). I also feel that by reading One Minute I gained a fuller understanding of how such a surplus of mismanagement and organizational failures across the land came to be- the proliferation and acceptance of incompetent one minute managers.
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Posted September 22, 2009
Management Skills Simplified
I appreciate the ease with which Blanchard & Johnson present their advice to managers. The concept of the one minute manager seems effective, and is easy to understand. Also, presenting this management advice in a simple "fable-like" format makes the information more easy to digest. However, as a business professional, I don't really care to read stories like this. Much like Blanchard & Johnson's "Who Moved my Cheese", this book is too simplified, and slightly insults one's intelligence. This book, I'm sure, would appeal to a broad audience, but hard-core professionals beware & stick to more professionally written business books!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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