The One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson

The One Minute Manager

The best minute I spend is the one I invest in people. – The One Minute Manager

The ability to effectively deal, manage and lead people is one of the greatest challenge we are now faced.  People are becoming more independent, strong-minded and stubborn which makes human communication and relationship a common stressful problem.

Majority of us wants to excel and win against other people.  We think and believe that we are better than anyone else, and as such, we don’t want to be told what to do and we seldom know how to appreciate other people’s attitudes, skills and talents (unless they are celebrity).  This kind of mindset and behavior often leads us with unhealthy and   Stressful relationships with people we work and deal with, whether at home, work, business, in school, community or even with ourselves and our own life.

This problem also cause decline in the number of people who we call as “leaders”.  Nowadays, it is hard to effectively influence and lead other people.  Most of us prefer to just lead our own life instead of spending our time trying to influence stubborn people.  As such, it further lengthens the gap and breaks the bridge of teamwork and cooperation.   Without cooperation and teamwork, conflict, stress and other negative situation arises.

How This Book Has Helped Me (and You Too!)?

It was in January 2009 when I’ve read this one of a kind book, The One Minute Manager by Kenneth Blanchard, Ph.D. and Spencer Johnson, M.D.  Back in those days, I was struggling with so much negative and stressful situations in life.  And one of it was stressful negative work environment.

During my employment years, a common thing in the companies I’ve worked with is the existence of negative work environment brought about by stressful work responsibility and reactive attitude of people.

At the time I was reading this book, I was overworked and surrounded by people who complain more than they work.  The situation prompted me to find ways on how to achieve both producing quality results and better positive working environment with people.

Personally, by reading this book, the one minute manager, it gave me wisdom on how to stay focus on the work or goal, handle the negative environment better, and turn it into a more positive one.  With my effort to meet quality work and build positive relationship with people, a couple of months after I’ve read the book, the one minute manager, I got promoted to a higher job position and also acted as officer-in-charge of our team until I decided to move on with another career path.

The One Minute Manager has taught me (and millions of others) how to:

  • Simplify my life
  • Get more things done in less time
  • Reduce stress
  • Find peace of mind despite stressful situation

About the Book

The One Minute Manager was written and published in 1982 by two New York Times best-selling authors and doctors of behavioral science, Kenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson, who also created other best-selling books, such as ‘The Present’ and ‘Who Moved My Cheese’.

The One Minute Manager is a 107-pages book that is easy and fast to read.  It consists of a story which shows three practical management techniques.  You can read it for an hour during your breaks, weekends, holiday trips or before you go to bed and sleep.

The One Minute Manager is not only easy, fast and entertaining to read, the one minute manager principles works! The wisdoms you’ll learn are practical and applicable to our day to day communication and interactions with work and people.

Book Content

The One Minute Manager reveals the secrets of how people work best with other people.  As a result, people produce valuable results and feel good about themselves, the organization and the people with whom they work.

The story of the book went about a young man who was looking for an effective manager.

An effective manager is a person who manages themselves and the people they work with so that both the organization and the people profit from their presence.

The young man wanted to work for one because he wanted to become one.  He has searched all around from corporate managers, government officials, school heads, and etc. but he couldn’t find one.  It was as though most managers in the world were primarily interested either in results or people.  The managers who were interested in results often seemed to be labeled “autocratic” or “tough” while the managers interested in people were often labeled “democratic” or “nice”.  The young man thought each of these managers was only partially effective because in order to be effective, you have to be successful both in results and people.

In his search, he found few effective managers but they don’t want to share their secrets of effective management until he heard marvelous stories about a special manager who call himself as The One Minute Manager.

The special manager said,

“I’m a one minute manager.  I call myself that because it takes very little time for me to get very big results from people.”

The One Minute Manager was pleased to the young man’s desire to learn effective management.  As a result, he allowed him to interview three of his employees and learn the effective management secrets of the one minute manager, someone who gets good results without taking much time.

And the story revolved in the journey of the young man as he unveils the wisdom and secrets of effective management through the one minute manager.  Some of these lessons are the following:

  • People who feel good about themselves produce good results.
  • The three secret of the one minute manager:  (1) One minute goal setting, (2) One minute praising, and (3) One minute reprimands.
  • Help people reach their full potential catch them doing something right.
  • The best minute I spend is the one I invest in people.
  • Everyone is potential winner. Some people are disguised as losers; don’t let their appearances fool you.
  • Take a minute: look at your goals, look at your performance, and see if your behavior matches your goals.
  • We are not just our behavior; we are the person managing our behavior.
  • Goals begin behaviors.  Consequences maintain behaviors.

And most importantly, he has learned The One Minute Manager Symbol:

The One Minute Manager Symbol


The One Minute Manager has created a major impact and change in my life, especially on how to produce results and get things done while improving how I work with people.

It’s a book that should definitely be included in the book collections of anyone who wants to be effective in their own life, get things done with less time and effort, and how they can better work with other people.

It’s not only for leaders, managers or bosses; it is also useful for mother, father, friend, husband, wife, daughter or son who wants to become more effective in their personal and professional interactions with other people.

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