The One Minute Manager
|Genre||Business / Self-help / Motivational|
|Publisher||William Morrow & Co|
The One Minute Manager is a very short book by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson. The brief volume tells a story, recounting three techniques of an effective manager: one-minute goals, one-minute praisings and one-minute reprimands. Each of these takes only a minute but is purportedly of lasting benefit.
It was followed by a sequel, Leadership and the One Minute Manager, by Ken Blanchard, Patricia Zigarmi and Drea Zigarmi, which laid out Blanchard's Situational Leadership II concept.
The concept has been called a management fad, and derivative of management by objectives, itself derived from the business planning literature. One critic called it "the executive equivalent of paper-training your dog."
While the book was becoming a best-seller, the Wall Street Journal ran an article exposing it as a heavily plagiarized document. The article asserted that almost half of the book was lifted directly from an article previously published by University of Massachusetts at Amherst professor Arthur Elliott Carlisle. Blanchard and Johnson offered conflicting stories on their reasons for not citing the original author, including an insistence, later abandoned, that one of them helped Carlisle write the original article.
- Book review Archived 2011-01-01 at the Wayback Machine by Eric Spamer, Bruin Leaders Project, UCLA
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- kenblanchard.com - homepage of The Ken Blanchard Companies
- Blanchard's Situational Leadership II Model
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