In this brief story, we present you with a great deal of what we have learned from our studies in medicine and in the behavioral sciences about how people work best with other people.
By “best,” we mean how people produce valuable results, and feel good about themselves, the organization and the other people with whom they work.
This allegory, The One Minute Manager, is a simple compilation of what many wise people have taught us and what we have learned ourselves. We recognize the importance of these sources of wisdom. We also realize that the people who work with you as their manager will look to you as one of their sources of wisdom.
We trust, therefore, that you will take the practical knowledge you gain from this book and use it in your daily management. For as the ancient sage, Confucius, advises each of us: “The essence of knowledge is, having it, to use it.”
We hope you enjoy using what you learn from The One Minute Manager and that, as a result, you and the people you work with will enjoy healthier, happier and more productive lives.
The One Minute Manager’s symbol—a one minute readout from the face of a modern digital watch—is intended to remind each of us to take a minute out of our day to look into the faces of the people we manage. And to realize that they are our most important resources.
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The One Minute Manager by Kenneth Blanchard, Ph.D. & Spencer Johnson, M.D. (PDF)