Management: Hands-Off or Hands-On?

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Practice Hands-Off Management As Much As Possible And Hands-On Management As Much As Necessary

from The One Minute Manager Meets The Monkey by Kenneth Blanchard, William Oncken Jr. and Hal Burrows, p82


Kenneth Blanchard – “The One Minute Manager Meets the Monkey”

(from The One Minute Manager Meets the Monkey written by <!– @page { size: 8.27in 11.69in; margin: 0.79in } P { margin-top: 0in; margin-bottom: 0.08in } –>Kenneth Blanchard, William Oncken Jr. and Hal Burrows)

I read this book from cover to cover. It is very powerful. I brought many gems out of it:

  • It’s tough to work for a nervous boss, especially if you are the one who’s making your boss nervous! – Benjamin Franklin’s grandfather cited in The One Minute Manager Meets The Monkey by Kenneth Blanchard, William Oncken Jr. and Hal Burrows, p18

  • […] higher management cannot risk promoting people who are indispensable in their current jobs because they have not trained a successor. – The One Minute Manager Meets The Monkey by Kenneth Blanchard, William Oncken Jr. and Hal Burrows, p23

  • Things Not Worth Doing Are Not Worth Doing Well – The One Minute Manager Meets The Monkey by Kenneth Blanchard, William Oncken Jr. and Hal Burrows, p36

  • Experience is Not What Happens To You; It’s What You Do With What Happens To You – The One Minute Manager Meets The Monkey by Kenneth Blanchard, William Oncken Jr. and Hal Burrows, p50

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    A monkey is The Next Move – The One Minute Manager Meets The Monkey by Kenneth Blanchard, William Oncken Jr. and Hal Burrows, p26

  • The more you get rid of your people’s Monkeys, The more time you have for your people – The One Minute Manager Meets The Monkey by Kenneth Blanchard, William Oncken Jr. and Hal Burrows, p55

Karen E. Klein – “Help for overworked Business Owners (2)”

Entrepreneurs often hope to gain free time by starting their own businesses, but most find themselves working longer hours than ever. Financial guru Louis Barajas says simple organizational systems can help business owners regain balance in their lives.

(from Business Week — Smart Answers)

In the very same podcast episode “Help for overworked Business Owners” I blogged about earlier, I found another gem:

  • the one thing you can do to up the value of your business is to have your business run *without* you.

Clever idea. And while you are at it, have some vacation too.

Tom Peters – “About Strategic Priorities”

While we all “do a hundred things,” we may not/should not/cannot have more than 2 (or 3) true “strategic” priorities at any point in time. — Tom Peters

One of Tom Peters’ quotes. I like that one because if forces to put things into perspective. Doing many things doesn’t equate to knowing where we are going or how productive we are.

Focus on your true strategic priorities.

Kay Hetherly – “Kitchen Table Talk”

Magic happens in the kitchen

(from Kay Hetherly’s book Kitchen Table Talk – Anything and Everything Essays on America and Japan published by NHK Publishing)

I received this book from my wife. At first glance, I didn’t know what to expect from it. So I began to read it with the “Beginnner’s mind” attitude.

I read the first two pages and I couldn’t stop until I finished the book late that day. If you want to know what it is like to live in Japan, read it. This is a collection of short essays on various topics related to living in Japan as a foreigner.

My favorite is “The Chopsticks Debate.” What is yours?

Book information: ISBN 4140350636 or 9784140350638