The One Minute Manager – Book Review

Focus on Great Manager Traits

Blanchard and Johnson have written a solid manual on great manager traits so you can make more money and gain power over your peers. Told in a series of stories, you’ll understand the principles on how to get things done without upsetting others. Just over 100 pages, it can be easily read in less than an evening. Parents! If your child has read this book, better read it immediately, or they’ll begin managing you!

The One Minute Manager teaches 3 systems to manage people from schools and homes to businesses. These are illustrated through memorable short stories. These systems are based on the following principles

  • People who feel good about themselves, produce good results.
  • Everyone is a potential winner. Some people are disguised as losers. Don’t let their appearances fool you.
  • Goals begin behaviors. Consequences maintain behaviors.
  • Take a Minute. Look at your goals. Look at your performance. See if your behavior matches your goals.
  • We are not just our behavior. We are the person managing our behavior
  • The best minute I spend is the one I invest in people.


I’ve detailed these notes, so after you have completed the reading, you have an excellent set of notes to help you implement these in your life.

One Minute Goal Setting

  1. Agree on your goals.
  2. See what good behavior looks like.
  3. Write out each of your goals on a single sheet of paper using less than 250 words.
  4. Read and re-read each goal, which requires only a minute or so each time you do it.
  5. Take a minute out of your day (every once in a while) to look at your performance, and
  6. See whether or not your behavior matches your goal.

One Minute Praising

Tell people up front that you are going to let them know how they are doing.

  1. Praise people immediately.
  2. Tell people what they did right – be specific.
  3. Tell people how good you feel about what they did right and how it helps the organization and the other people who work there.
  4. Stop for a moment of silence to let them “feel” how good you feel.
  5. Encourage them to do more of the same.
  6. Shake hands or touch people to make it clear, you support their success in the organization

One Minute Reprimand in 2 parts

  1. Tell people beforehand that you will let them know how they are doing and in no uncertain terms.

Part 1

  1. Reprimand people immediately.
  2. Tell people what they did wrong – be specific
  3. Tell people how you feel about what they did wrong- and in no uncertain terms.
  4. Stop for a few seconds of uncomfortable silence to let them feel how you feel.

Part 2

  1. Shake hands, or touch them in a way that lets them know you are honestly on their side.
  2. Remind them how much you value them.
  3. Reaffirm that you think well of them but not of their performance in this situation.
  4. Realize that when the reprimand is over, it’s over.

Master and implement these One Minute Manager principles, and you’ll be sought after for your great manager traits!

Short Book Summaries

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