What do you get by combining an excellent story writer with a management expert?
You got it! It’s the One minute manager by Kenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson.
Dr. Kenneth Blanchard is an author, a professional speaker, and a management expert. You can imagine the contribution he added through his expertise in writing this amazing book.
Secondly, Dr. Spencer Johnson is the writer of the best-selling book Who moved my cheese? An amazing way to deal with change in your work and in your life and he is also a management consultant and a speaker.
The authors take a different perspective in writing the book compared to the traditional writing of a non-fictional book. One minute manager is like a tale which follows the urban journey of a young man seeking to learn how to be an effective manager.
During his quest, the young man meets a manager who considers himself as a “one minute manager”. He found out that people enjoy working for this manager and that this manager is a high achiever. The young man was very interested in finding out the secrets of the “one minute manager” and was able to set an appointment with him.
There are three important things that the young man has discovered during his talks with the “one minute manager” and with other persons that the “one minute manager” encouraged him to talk to.
1. The first thing refers to one minute goal setting.
This teaches you that you need to agree on your goals and that you need to write out every goal you establish in less than 250 words. You need to re-read each of these goals, a task would take you less than one minute to complete.
Every day, take a short time to acknowledge your performance (know where you are) and see how far you are from achieving your goals.
2. The second important principle that you need to keep in mind is the one minute praising.
The one minute praising refers to letting people know you will talk to them about their performance. Then you need to praise them and be specific by pointing out what they did good. You will also tell them how their actions are helping the company.
Then you have to pause and let them feel good about your appraisal. Next you encourage them to keep doing the things they did best.
3. The third thing you need to keep in mind is the one minute reprimand.
The purpose is to tell people immediately if they did something wrong and you need to be specific on what you say. You have to tell them how you feel about what they did not do good. You will follow the same strategy like the one minute praising.
So, you will pause for a moment to let them acknowledge the feeling of what you think about their wrong doing. Then, and this is very important, shake hands and let them know that your are not condemning or judging them, but you are on their side.
It is also very important that when you reprimand, you always remind people about their value to you and your company and after the reprimand is over, you will never talk about this subject again.
So, the three most important things that I have learned from this book are:
1. How to efficiently set and communicate goals
2. How to praise your employees (be very specific)
3. How to reprimand your employees (be very specific)
Apply these principles in the correct way and see how things change in your company.
Here is a quote from the book:
“The best minute I spend is the one I invest in people.”
Here is how I suggest you to get the most out of this book through the technique of Smart Reading:
1. Take a pen and start interacting with the book by underlining concepts, circling words and/or highlighting paragraphs which you think are the most import. At the end of each chapter, make a note on what you think is the most important principle that the “one minute manager” has revealed.
2. Different ideas will flow through your mind as you go along with reading the book. Write them down on the blank sides of the pages.
3. Take the book every now and then and re-read everything you have highlighted, circled, and noted. Always view your most important notes from the end of each chapter.
Doing these three easy steps will practically boost your knowledge, it will help you to easily apply the most important principles of the book and you will become a better manager and also a better leader.
Note: If you read the book on a smartphone or tablet, just use an application which allows you to highlight and write notes within the book. There are plenty of such applications.
Get the book here (I highly recommend the hard cover version):