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Month: February, 2004

The One Minute Manager

I read “The one Minute Manager” By Kenneth H. Blanchard and Spencer Johnson on the recommendation of a friend. I found the book interesting and straight forward in its approach. If you are looking for a book that provides a fundamental model for managing people this book could be of assistance. I found the method used to describe a one minute manager interesting and easy to read. The only flaw in the book is that it leaves a gap around leadership. It provides context for managing people but it does not lay out a context for leading people. I would recommend this book it should be in every manager’s library.

Insight and Caution

Sir Winston Churchill said, “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” This quote at face value is nothing more than a commentary on architecture. The logic behind this quote is applicable across many endeavors not just the construction of a building. Its most profound applications arise when one considers the totality of ones life. That which we have constructed now holds and directs us. We must be mindful and exacting when composing the structures in our lives, for they can inspire us and imprison us.