Thinking Thursdays - "The One Minute Manager"

June 14, 2022
De Goede

Have you ever heard the term "Thinking Thursdays"?  I'm sure there are various terms to explain the same concept all over the world but I only came across this concept a few years ago.  I love the idea of being able to dedicate time to learning and thinking! At Luceo Solutions, the concept of "Thinking Thursdays" is one of our values and something we practice often!

So, what exactly are Thinking Thursdays?

Thinking Thursdays present an opportunity, with no guilt, to engage in various topics of interest that may or may not be in your current line of work. This idea is based on the belief that valuable lessons are often transferrable! Just as an example: I can read a chapter in a business book and learn lessons that can be helpful in my personal life.Thinking Thursdays could be engaging in any of the following, but this is not an exhaustive list:

  • Read a chapter of a book that piques your interest
  • Listen to a podcast
  • Watch a TedTalk or YouTube video
  • Spend time engaging in free writing/journaling

Top Tips:

It is helpful for this time to be booked in your calendar so that it doesn't get hijacked by other meetings and events.You determine the frequency you'd like to engage in these: weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, etc.You get to decide how long this time should be: an hour, two hours, a whole morning...

A Must-Read Book

For this month's Thinking Thursday we have a book recommendation and brief summary for you to read through. The book is The One Minute Manager by Kenneth Blanchard & Spencer Johnson.First off, this is not a new book. In fact, it was first published in 1982 so it's been around for some time! However, it is such a great book and you can read why further down. There is actually a new version of this book called The New One Minute Manager, with the same key concepts as the original but adapted for our rapidly ever-changing world! I, however, went with the original for this Thinking Thursday.

Now, if you have never read this book or you don't enjoy reading then I'd like to use this opportunity to encourage you to just try. This book is an easy read; I finished it in about 60 minutes and that was with a couple of interruptions in between.

Here is a summary of some of the learnings I gained through reading this gem of a book:


A young man is on a search for the most effective management style when he comes across The One Minute Manager (OMM). The OMM invites the young man to learn from him as well as his staff members. The young man is intrigued and astounded by the simplicity of the OMM style.

Key Concepts

Without giving too much away there are three key concepts in The One Minute Manager. The key concepts can be described as goal-setting, affirming and correction but I'll let you read the book to get the One Minute Manager's unique insight into these key areas of management.

Some Excerpts

  • “If you can’t tell me what you’d like to be happening, you don’t have a problem yet, you’re just complaining. A problem exists only if there is a difference between what is actually happening and what you desire to be happening.”
  • “The best minute I spend is the one I invest in people.”


A great pocketbook for effective management of people.  A quick read which gets right into the nitty-gritty of the practical approach one can take.  A must-read for those who consider themselves a manager of people.

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