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

The 59-Second Employee: How to Stay One Second Ahead of Your One-Minute Manager was a Top-200 national best-selling trade paperback at Publishers Weekly.


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."

"Sound advice."


"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."


"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..."


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."