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The One Minute Manager

By Audrey Okaneko

I loved this book. It is a very quick and easy read. I read it in under an hour, cover to cover. The book contained many valuable lessons on management. The authors use one minute as their base. You really don’t need more than a minute to explain what needs to be done. The authors actually encourage a manager to find a way to be able to explain what needs to be done in less than one minute.

When a mistake is made, the same is true. You don’t need more than one minute to explain where the error is and how to fix it. No one likes to be told they’ve made a mistake, so to be able to let someone know in under a minute is actually a gift to them.

When praising a job well done, yet again, one minute is plenty of time to say “you’ve done a super job, I really appreciate the time you spent on this project”.

The author explains how to effectively use your one minute to accomplish your task of explanation, praise or reprimand.

Being a parent, many of these principals and teachings can be applied to parenting. We should be able to tell our children what needs to be done in less than one minute, explain something they should not have done in less than one minute and praise a great job, yet again in less than one minute.

A good quick read and the book earned its place on my shelf with the “to be read again” stack.


About the Author: Audry Okaneko has worked at home since 1983. She can be visited at

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