The One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard reveals 3 key secrets to managing a team successfully with utmost productivity. Now you might be wondering how success can be accomplished by making use of 3 little secrets.

The truth is…it can be done.

In the book, Ken tells a story of a young man on a mission to find out what the worlds most successful managers do with their time and how they lead their people. The kids entire world is turned upside down when he hears about a “One Minute Manager” and makes it his mission to find out more about this person and expose his secrets.

Now I’m cutting to the chase here because I decided to leave you with a bit of food for thought this weekend. I will be mentioning the 3 secrets to the one minute managers success in one minute. Haha, I’m kidding…Here they are below.

1. One Minute Goals

This involves a meeting of the manager and the employee where goals are agreed on, written down in a brief statement, and occasionally reviewed to ensure that productivity is occurring.

This whole process takes a “minute”, which truly means it is a quick meeting, however it is not limited to just sixty seconds. The purpose of one minute goal setting is to confirm that responsibilities of each working is understood, understanding that confusion leads to inefficiency and discouragement.

2. One Minute Praisings

This involves being open with people about their performance. When you catch someone doing something right, a goal of the one minute manager, you praise them immediately, telling them specifically what they did correctly. Pause to allow them to “feel” how good you feel regarding their importance to the organization, and finish by shaking hands.

3. One Minute Reprimand

Being honest with those around you involves reprimanding when a wrong has occurred. The first step is to reprimand immediately and specifically. This is the same as the second secret, and it holds an important aspect of the first secret: it enables an understanding of responsibilities and how to complete them correctly. Following the reprimand, shake hands and remind the person that he or she is important and it was simply their performance that you did not like.

The one minute reprimand consists of the reprimand and the reassurance, both being equally important. If you leave the latter out, you will not be liked by those around you and they will attribute mistakes to them being worth less, which is far from the truth.

Credit to: Bruin Leaders Project for the descriptions on the 3 secrets.

Now as you can see these secrets are small things that you can incorporate into your schedule as a manager. Once you do so you will begin to notice that these secrets don’t only boost productivity and emotions in your team, but enthusiasm, creativity and accountability too. I hope that you will get your hands on this book and and write down these secrets mentioned above.

I can guarantee you that it will have a major influence in your team and the people who you manage.

Cheers for now, have a great weekend.

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