book: one minute manager

In my career, I maintained a primarily technical role, with limited management experience, leading only small groups of people (though I’ve coordinated across much larger international groups). And in this role, I was definitely not the best or any kind of role model, but had a mixture of success as well as shortcomings.

With this basic background, I had found this book an excellent read and it had made a significant improvement to the way I did this role, so sharing it here.

Its a very simple book, approximately 50 pages or so with plenty of pages having just one sentence in them.

Its supposed to have sold some 10 million copies and is extremely popular (guess they say this on almost every book 😉 ) (There was also a follow up One Minute Parent that was nice as well). Not that we need to follow such books word to word, but worth reading as it has some good ideas.

Depending on your preference you could pick up a copy from a book store or even any footpath in Bangalore. Recently found that its available on the net as well in an online library:

The following is from an online review…

The One Minute Manager is an easily read story which quickly shows you three
very practical management techniques. As the story unfolds, you will discover several
studies in medicine and the behavioral sciences which help you to understand why these
apparently simple methods work so well with so many people. By the book’s end you
will also know how to apply them to your own situation.
The book is brief, the language is simple, and best of all … it works!

One Response to “book: one minute manager”

  1. Suresh Panje Says:

    Dear Sanjay, Thanks for the crisp review of the book and also the suggestions to read it since you have mentioned ‘it works’.
    Suresh Panje, New Delhi – 110057

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