I’m re-reading the One Minute Manager, the single most useful management book I’ve read – and I’ve read plenty!
The simplicity of the One Minute Manager model is staggering. And it is based on how humans really function most effectively. In the world of the One Minute Manager, there is no such thing as micromanaging. No constant criticism. No undermining. No being threatened. No turf wars.
In the world of the One Minute Manager, there is clarity – clear delegation, clear authority, clear goals, clear success, clear feedback, clear trust and clear valuing of one’s staff, colleagues and managers.
If you want to learn how to be a great manager, this is the place to start.
The next most useful management book on my list is the One Minute Manager Meets the Monkey. Yes, the monkey. This book teaches managers to let their staff do the work, instead of taking it on themselves.
It’s really NOT easier to do it yourself – if you want to be strategic and you want to respect, develop and empower your staff. In other words, this book teaches you NOT to micromanage. The opposite of micromanaging is delegating. And it doesn’t come naturally to any of us. This book teaches us this vital skill.