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Are you a new manager? Start with this simple book

Posted on February 22, 2017 by Medtech[y] Staff

So you finally got your first management job! 


Don't get too used to those words, though. You won't hear them too often from this point on.

Wait, you got into management for the fame and recognition? Whoops...wrong career decision if that's what you were expecting.

We're not trying to scare you though. Being a manager (with the goal of being a leader) is the most rewarding path you can take in your career, but you have to understand it will also be the most thankless.

If this is your first management gig, the next year will feel like you're drinking out of a firehouse which means you need to use your time efficiently until the job slows down and you don't have the feeling that you're barely staying afloat. 

While your mentors and other colleagues will mean well with their book recommendations, finding the time to read a 300 page book while you're traveling and learning your job is no easy task. This is why we swear by The One Minute Manager

Leave the long reads for another time.

Why The One Minute Manager?

For one, it is simple and it's just over 100 pages. You can read it in a day and start applying its principals to your position almost immediately.

The One Minute Manager also does a great job simplifying the job of a manager by breaking down management into three simple secrets: One Minute Goals, One Minute Praisings and One Minute Reprimands.

One of the most important qualities you can bring to a leadership position is transparency and these three secrets help establish transparency and a common starting point for a manager and employee.

Here's a summary of the secrets and they are written as if you are in a role-play with one of the employees on your team.

One Minute Goals

1. Agree on your goals.

2. See what good behavior looks like.

3. Write out each of your goals on a single sheet of paper using less than 250 words.

4. Read and re-read each goal, which requires only a minute or so each time you do it.

5. Take a minute every once in a while out of your day to look at your performance, and

6. See whether or not your behavior matches your goal.

One Minute Praisings

1. Tell people up front that you are going to let them know how they are doing.

2. Praise people immediately.

3. Tell people what they did right - be specific.

4. Tell people how good you feel about what they did right, and how it helps the organization and the other people who work there.

5. Stop for a moment of silence to let them "feel" how good you feel.

6. Encourage them to do more of the same.

7. Shake hands or touch people in a way that makes it clear that you support their success in the organization. 

One Minute Reprimands

Tell people beforehand that you are going to let them know how they are doing and in no uncertain terms.

First half of the reprimand:

- Reprimand people immediately.

- Tell people what they did wrong - be specific.

- Tell people how you feel about what they did wrong-and in no uncertain terms.

- Stop for a few seconds of uncomfortable silence to let them feel how you feel.

Second half of the reprimand:

- Shake hands, or touch them in a way that lets them know you are honestly on their side.

- Remind them how much you value them.

- Reaffirm that you think well of them but not of their performance in this situation.

- Realize that when the reprimand is over, it's over.

If you are a first time manager, many of the secrets listed above may read like a foreign language, but that will change over time. 

We recommend reading The One Minute Manager and pick it up each week to track how your are progressing. 

Being successful at management and leadership doesn't happen overnight. Take it slow and find out your path. A book can only give you an outline and you need to have the foundation.

If there is one thing we can recommend: listen, observe & read everyday.

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