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 paper using less than 250 words. 4. Read and re-read each goal, which requires only a minute or so each time you do it. 5. Take a minute every once in a while out of your day to look at your performance, and 6. See whether or not your behavior matches your goal”(34) The authors advocate that One Minute Goal Setting on” key areas of responsibility” would encourage employees to achieve the desired results (28). This is because “80% of [employees’] really important results will come from 20% of [their] goals” (28) and One Minute Goal Setting requires languages in “behavioral, observable, and measureable terms” (31). In this way, not only will employees have a clear sense of what they are being accountable for and what good
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