I just finished reading one minute manager. Unlike other self-development books that present a central idea and discuss points in paragraphs, the audience of this book basically absorbing the new management system by following the journey of a young active learner. It’s as if I was reading a fictional book.
Near the end of the book, I found this little conversation rather interesting:
“I like you, young man,” the manager said. “How would you like to go to work here?”
The young man put down his notebook and stared in amazement. “You mean go to work for you?” he asked enthusiastically.
“No. I mean go to work for yourself like the other people in my department. Nobody ever really works for anybody else. I just help people work better and in the process they benefit our organization.”
It’s similar to a saying that “I have no allies/friends; I only happened to work/play with people that share the same goals/interests as me.” Okay, maybe not exactly that, but the manager’s answer clearly says that he is here to help you grow, not bossing you. 😀
Here’s the central idea of how this management system work: