“The "One-minute Manager" series are very quick reads, and I often recommend them to clients. Once they get over the fictionalized story, there is a simple to grasp lesson that is easily applied to their situation (for which I recommended the read).
This book is particularly useful for new managers to help them not expect that everyone on their team has the same abilities and/or confidence. Therefore, in order to effectively manage this diverse group, the manager needs to approach each person as an individual. To add to the complexity, people change and the manager must change their methods to match how their team member has changed.
I use this book as background reading for group coaching as well, but I do coach from it directly. I am not Ken Blanchard certified. I do not know if I have any clients who would want to pay what if I needed to recoup the cost of becoming certified. Maybe someday.... ”
“A must have.
Situational leadership is a must for all leaders and this simple quick book explains it perfectly without too much of the storytelling/heavy examples you might find in other US-author books (eg Covey).”
“Situational leadership...3 skills (diagnostics, flexibility, partnership)
Directing, Coaching, Supporting, Delegating...depends on level of commitment & competence
"DonÂ´t work harder, work smarter!"
"There is nothing so unequal As the equal treatment of Unequals"”
“a nicely simplified explanation of what situational, directive and participative leadership is.
a good read. ”
“I liked the idea of dealing with different people differently. I liked how this books is elaborating how a manager can be flexible and coach his team according to their personalities and experiences and not according to strict set of rules.
But unfortunately, I gave it to a friend of mine who was somehow pissing his team off, and he was applying a deep micromanagement model to them all. But I haven't seen any change in his attitude so far. May be he just took it from me but he didn't read it :) ”
“I had to read this book for a class, but I found some little pearls of wisdom in it. It's short, simple, but worth keeping around and keeping in mind when managing others.”Jennifer H wrote this review Tuesday, April 15, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I think the concept of situational leadership continues to be quite relevant even now (perhaps more now ?). I would rate this book as one beautiful effort that really makes things simple for managers, especially the first-timers, to self-learn and self-practice what leadership in terms of skills is all about. Must have in the personal library and skim through it every few years.”TV wrote this review Sunday, October 28, 2007. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was one of the earliest and easiest leadership books I've read. Despite that, its lessons are timeless and they do give us an idea of why situational leadership is one of the styles most usefull for any aspiring leader. Prior to this, I though leading using one consistent style was the fair thing to do - boy, did I get things wrong. Oh well, lessons learned, styles applies - and I have to say, they do work. Blanchard does not give us rocket science, and his ideas are great to reflect on. If you need a quick leadership lesson - one that counts, one that works for any situatiuon, then obviously Situational Leadership is something to try. Be a better leader, read this book.”Wide Reader wrote this review Friday, August 24, 2007. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No