The 59-Second Employee: How to Stay One Second Ahead of Your One-Minute Manager

The front page of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL summarized THE 59-SECOND EMPLOYEE this way:

"...offers some new twists on the management theories espoused by the best seller THE ONE-MINUTE MANAGER. The new book berates 'manipulative' management and urges workers to turn bosses' praise into gains for themselves."

If you are a one-minute manager(or contemplating becoming one), have you considered all of the effects this popular management technique may have on your employees and their performance?

This book helps you to:

--see how one-minute techniques can get you in trouble with the employees you value most.

--learn why some employees resent one-minute managers and sabotage their efforts.

--discover why quick-fix techniques can hurt your company in the long run.


Quick-fix management ignores the crucial importance of trust in an organization, and trust is something that can only be established over time, certainly not in one minute relationships. THE 59-SECOND EMPLOYEE is an employee's response to formula management, an antidote to quick-fix fads that give as little time as possible to employee concerns. It helps neglected employees fight back by showing how they can use one-minute praisings, reprimands and goal-setting to manage their bosses... Andre and Ward write:

"The world is too complicated for a one-minute fix.

[Your] job is too complicated for a one-minute fix.

A good manager takes the task of people management seriously, and devotes a significant portion of work time to it."


"Sound advice."
--PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"THE 59-SECOND EMPLOYEE...yanks a few beards long overdue for yanking. Andre and Ward succeed in helping employees to confirm some of their suspicions about management and recognize that grievances aren't merely complaints but real problems that deserve attention and redress."
--BOSTON LEDGER

"When they first read THE ONE-MINUTE MANAGER Ward got angry. Andre just shrugged. 'One of my students brought it to me,' she says. 'I thought it was well-written but dead wrong, especially the parts about punishment, the one-minute reprimand.' When they'd had more time to think about the book, Andre and Ward decided to have some fun with it, to lampoon it but at the same time to try to offer a semi-serious alternative..."
--Dwight Chapin, THE SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER






Selected Works

Organizations and the Environment
"Rae Andre is one of the first to address this issue and she does it well." --Michael S. Dukakis, Vice-Chairman of the Board, Amtrak; former Governor of Massachusetts............. "Makes a compelling case." Phaedra Pezzullo, ORGANIZATION AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Business and Leadership
A good read ... applied and career relevant...Includes lots of pedagogical supports.
"A cheeky but serious rebuttal...gives employees advice on how to advance by skillfully managing their bosses." --TIME MAGAZINE.
"Strongly recommended to anyone involved in the academic process." --Cynthia Lengnick-Hall, ACADEMY OF MANAGEMENT REVIEW
Psychology and Sociology
"At once bold, realistic and sensitive—the most inspiring reflection on the singular strength of the human spirit I have encountered to date." ...a recent reader.
"An extremely important book." --Elaine Tyler May, MINNEAPOLIS TRIBUNE. "Good ideas...raises the right questions." Susan Jacoby, THE NEW REPUBLIC.
Fiction
Comic adventure in the Hobby. Comic relief for the author.