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The One Minute Manager-Part 1

Focus on catching people 
doing right and see what happens.
I read a book a few times called, The One Minute Manager, by Kenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson (this article references their older version).

I think it's one of those books that people should read once per year, at least (I need to work on that). 

It's a book about managers or leaders who focus on catching their people doing the right thing instead of catching them doing the wrong thing. I worked for a manager like that before, one who was more interested in catching people doing the wrong thing (ie, unintentionally doing a process wrong) and let me tell you I was gone in 60 seconds. I couldn't work like that. I couldn't work for someone who didn't trust that I was not going to do my job.

How can you trust someone who doesn't trust you? 

Yet, most people will do great work for a leader -- a manager, teacher, or parent who reinforces great behavior. It works for me and I have seen it work for others. Remember a short time ago I talked about the insecure "leader"1 who thought their subordinates wanted their position? Well, the one minute manager kind of piggy-backs on that type of manager. They really go hand and hand.

The book is still relevant today and it's a good quick read.

Moses is a great case study of great leadership.

This is an audiobook of the One Minute Manager (it's 3 hours long, so listen at your leisure):

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Moses Reference:
Exodus 2

1. Blog post titled, "They Don't Want Your Position" (6/6/16)


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