The author of the phenomenal New York Times bestselling classic The One-Minute® Manager explores one of the most common and insidious problems plaguing the workplace—procrastination.
In every workplace, in every industry, lurks a diabolical career killer. Procrastination. In this latest addition to his bestselling series, Ken Blanchard tackles this problem head on, offering practical strategies any professional can immediately put into practice to improve his or her performance. In The On-Time Manager, he stells the story of Bob, a typical middle manager who tends to puts things off until the last minute. As a result, he misses deadlines because his lack of focus causes him to accomplish all the meaningless tasks before he can get to the important things. Like many professionals, Bob rationalizes, justifies, and tries to explain. With his trademark clarity and vision, Blanchard shows how Bob learns to overcome his problem transforming himself from a Last-Minute manager into a productive On-Time manager.
This short, accessible and sometimes simplistic book addresses"a diabolical career killer that is lurking out there every day.... procrastination." Blanchard (The One Minute Manager) and Gottry (A Kick in the Career) argue convincingly that procrastination is at the root of most career shortcomings, not to mention certain problems with health, marriage and a host of other issues. They offer a straightforward three-step plan (involving the mantra"Priority, Propriety and Commitment") for overcoming procrastination and achieving success. The authors adopt an entertainingly narrative approach to their subject, conveying their points using a fictional story about a hard-luck character named"Bob the Manager" who manages to see the light and turn his career around. Though the dialogue and story get hokey at times--Bob is coached by a"chief effectiveness officer" and his evolution seems a little too easy--this book is friendlier than typical career guidebooks and the framing of obstacles and advice in a story could help the premise ring true for many readers.