Working Conversations Episode 106:

Is The One Minute Manager Still Relevant? Was it Ever?

Are you curious to know if one of the most famous management books of all time, The One Minute Manager, is still relevant in today's workplace?

If you’re not familiar with the book, here’s a quick synopsis -- The One Minute Manager was a best-selling book that every leader and manager seemed to have in their office in the 1980s and 1990s.

Written by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson 40 years ago, the book remained on the New York Times Bestseller list for 66 weeks. It sold over 25 million copies and is translated into over 30 languages.

It provided a simple method for managers consisting of three practices: one-minute goals, one-minute praise, and one-minute reprimand. With the rise of hybrid and virtual workplaces, do these techniques hold up, or are they outdated and irrelevant?

In this episode, I dive into each of the three main points of the book and evaluate whether they are still relevant or how they might be applied in the current work environment.

As an expert on the future of work, I also take a look at some of the initial critiques of the book, share my analysis, and offer my perspective on whether these tools are still valuable for managing employees today and into the future.

So, if you're a manager or a business leader looking to hone your management skills, or if you're just curious about the lasting impact of this iconic book, then this is the episode for you.

To give you a glimpse into the full episode, I consider the One Minute Manager as the most basic of tool sets for a manager. However, it is certainly important to note this book does not include all the nuance that exceptional management requires.

Listen and catch the full episode here or wherever you listen to podcasts. You can also watch and replay it on my YouTube channel, JanelAndersonPhD.

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