Ok, so, I was at my desk when my boss calls me in all of a sudden and hands me this book. He says, “I know you love to read books. I’ve noticed you bring them to your desk and read them here. So why don’t you read this one, create a gist and present it to all the employees during team engagement!”

Well I actually enjoyed this book despite how I got to reading it!


This book is a must read for every management student. What cannot be learned through a hundred books and an MBA course can be learnt through this very short and meaningful read. It is simply about how to be an efficient manager. But do not let the title of the book fool you. You cannot become that efficient manager in a minute or overnight for that matter. These are just tips, tricks and hacks on what a great manager would do and how he would behave to bring out the fullest potential of his team members. It is a set of Do’s and Don’ts that makes a manager an efficient one.

However, the book is not boring, dry or simply theoretical. It is narrated in the form of a story or the protagonist’s experience when he meets this “One Minute Manager”. This manager explains to the protagonist about the Three Secrets of One Minute Manager: One Minute Goals, One Minute Praising and One Minute Reprimands. But of course, you need to analyze your team members and all of their strengths and weaknesses to understand who needs to be encouraged to set goals, who needs to be praised and who needs to be reprimanded! It was truly enlightening, but will it be of any use to me? Well, who knows? In future, I may benefit truly a lot from this book!

Excerpts from the Book

“Secret #1 : One minute Goal Setting
“People who feel good about themselves produce good results”

Ken Blanchard

“Secret #2 : One Minute Praising
“Help People to Reach Their Full Potential. Catch Them Doing Something Right”

Ken Blanchard

“Secret #3 : One minute Reprimand
“We are not just our behavior. We are the person managing our behavior”

Ken Blanchard

Lesson– Never read books at your workplace!

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