Books Corner

Book Review: The One Minute Manager

Authors: Kenneth Blanchard, PhD & Spencer Johnson, M.D.

Publisher: William Marrow and Company, Inc

Year published: 1982

ISBN: 0-425-09847-8

The One Minute Manager is a ninety-page book on simple effective management skills described by the authors to “increase productivity, profits, and your own prosperity.”


For the purpose of convenience, I divided it into three parts.

The first part talks about the story of a bright young man who wanted to be an effective manager; a manager who is able to manage himself and the people he works with so that both the organization and the people profit from his presence. His quest leads him in search of one, but he only finds managers who were skewed to either of two extremes. Either they were “tough,” and the people they worked with suffering. Or they were “nice,” and the organisation itself suffered. These kinds of managers were only partially effective. He eventually hears of a special manager somewhere, who was an effective manager and who was also willing to share with him his success secrets. He heard that people liked to work for this man and they produced great results together.

The second part talks about where he meets this manager and begins an exciting and enthralling journey towards unravelling these success secrets. There are just three of them.

The third part talks about how he becomes an effective One Minute Manager himself and commits to sharing his wisdom with others.

The term “One Minute Manager” was used to remind each of us to take one minute out of our day to look into the faces of the people we manage and realize that they are our most important resources.

“People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.” – Theodore Roosevelt

It’s an easy-to-read book. One that I enjoyed reading. Its principles are profound, yet very practical. I’ve applied the principles learnt from this book and I have seen it transform my life into something healthier, happier and more productive.

When someone asks me to lend them a book, without thought, it’s the first book I usually offer them. What’s best? It a book you can finish in one day and tick off a reading challenge, should you take up one.

Have you read it? What are your thoughts?

Ti Voglio Bene,

Annie. ❤

Ps: I have the book both in hardback and pdf formats. Indicate interest in the comments section and you’d have it delivered to your e-mailbox pronto.





By annieejiofor

Hello. I'm Annie, a Nigerian, medical doctor, IELTS coach, freelance editor and the voice behind the writing.

I blog about life within and without medicine and other lifestyle topics like books, travel and helpful advice for medical professionals.

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