The authorial team brings vast experience to the project. Ken Blanchard, for example, has a doctorate degree in management and is a popular management guru. He is much sought after for lecture, consultancies and for writing new books. Several of his path-breaking management ideas have now been assimilated into mainstream academia, making him an important thinker in corporate affairs. Similar accolades could be showered on Donald Carew and Eunice Parisi-Carew, the co-authors of The One Minute Manager Builds High Performance Teams. Carew is an expert on personal empowerment and is always trotting the globe giving speeches on the subject. Parisi-Carew is also of international renown, his main area being employee motivation. This trio of authors has all contributed equally to the outstanding success of the book.
Coming to the methodology of scholarship adopted for the book, taking account of the authorial team’s vast experience, there are anecdotal elements in the contents. This is not to say that there is no basis in fact for the guidelines and principles laid out in its pages. Another impressive aspect of the book is its effort to contrast managing teams against managing individuals. It is made clear that the two tasks are very different, requiring a divergent set of approaches from the managers.
Hence, for all the aforementioned reasons, it is clear that One Minute Manager Builds High Performance Teams is an indispensible source of managerial wisdom. This wisdom is of utility not just to beginners but also to experienced managers, for the latter are exposed to new perspectives and paradigms that they may not have come across. The book excels in terms of its presentation, accessibility, conciseness and breadth. It will be a valuable addition to the shelves of any management library and is thus highly recommended.
Blanchard, K., Carew, D., & Parisi-Carew, E. (2009). The One Minute Manager Builds High Performance Teams (New and Revised Edition). New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers.