The One Minute Manager By Kenneth Blanchard And Spencer Johnson

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In the book The One Minute Manager, Kenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson introduce the readers an innovative idea of “one minute management” through an allegory of an anonymous man in search for an effective manager for his management “secrets” (Blanchard & Johnson 26). Throughout the anonymous man’s journey, he learns many lessons, which Blanchard and Johnson have summarized into the following three essential “secrets”. First, Blanchard and Johnson advocate “One Minute Goal Setting is the first [secret] and the foundation for One Minute Management” (27). One Minute Goal Setting is simply: “1. Agree on your goals. 2. See what good behavior looks like. 3. Write out each of your goals on a single sheet of…show more content…
What’s more, the authors use a problem that an employee of the company-Trenell has, as an example, to illustrate how such goal setting method works in practice. After Trenell clearly identifies the discrepancy between the actual and desired state and the causes, he is able to find a suitable solution to the problem, making him arriving at his desired state. After introducing the One Minute Goal Setting as the fundamental of effective management, the authors also demonstrate the way of doing One Minute Praising- the second secret. One Minute Praising is simply: “1. Tell people up front that you are going to let them know how they are doing. 2. Praise people immediately. 3. Tell people what they did right - be specific. 4. Tell people how good you feel about what they did right, and how it helps the organization and the other people who work there. 5. Stop for a moment of silence to let them "feel" how good you feel. 6. Encourage them to do more of the same. 7. Shake hands or touch people in a way that makes it clear that you support their success in the organization”(44) While presenting the elements in the On Minute Praising, the authors also use a practical detailed example to emphasize its benefit and importance on encouraging hard work and good performance. Blanchard and Johnson believe that
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