The One Minute Manager

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The One Minute Manager
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CountryUnited States
GenreBusiness / Self-help / Motivational
PublisherWilliam Morrow & Co
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The One Minute Manager is a short book by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson. The brief volume tells a story, recounting three techniques and 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.[1]


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.[2]


The concept has been called a management fad, and derivative of management by objectives, itself derived from the business planning literature.[3] One critic called it "the executive equivalent of paper-training your dog."[4]


While the book was becoming a best-seller, the Wall Street Journal ran an article exposing it as a heavily plagiarized document.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7]


  1. ^ Book review Archived 2011-01-01 at the Wayback Machine by Eric Spamer, Bruin Leaders Project, UCLA
  2. ^ Kenneth H. Blanchard, Patricia Zigarmi, and Drea Zigarmi. Leadership and the One Minute Manager: Increasing Effectiveness through Situational Leadership. New York: Morrow, 1985.
  3. ^ Miller, Danny; Hartwick, Jon (October 2002). "Spotting Management Fads" (PDF). Harvard Business Review: 27. Retrieved 2011-07-23.
  4. ^ Jackson, S. (January 20, 1986). "Management lingo: how to read between the lines". Business Week: 58., in Graeff, Claude L. (1997). "Evolution of Situational Leadership Theory: A Critical Review" (PDF). Leadership Quarterly. JAI Press, Inc. 8 (2): 156–157. Retrieved 2011-07-23.
  5. ^ Ober, Scot (2002). Business Communication (5 ed.). Houghton Mifflin College Division. p. 435. ISBN 0618343296.
  6. ^ The Liars' Club Archived 2018-04-29 at the Wayback Machine by Jon Entine, San Francisco Chronicle
  7. ^ Entine, Jon (Jun 27, 2001). "Uh-oh: The feckless defense of fabulists". Chicago Tribune. Chicago, IL. p. 19. Retrieved 2018-07-28.

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