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The On-Time, On-Target Manager: How a Last-Minute Manager Conquered Procrastination | [Ken Blanchard, Steve Gottry]

The On-Time, On-Target Manager: How a Last-Minute Manager Conquered Procrastination

Ken Blanchard's phenomenal best sellers, such as The One Minute Manager and Raving Fans, have made him a globally recognized business legend. Now, he has joined with noted business author Steve Gottry to explore one of the most common and insidious problems plaguing the workplace: procrastination.
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Publisher's Summary

Ken Blanchard's phenomenal best sellers, such as The One Minute Manager and Raving Fans, have made him a globally recognized business legend. Now, he has joined with noted business author Steve Gottry to explore one of the most common and insidious problems plaguing the workplace: procrastination.

The On-Time, On-Target Manager tells the highly recognizable story of Bob, a middle manager who tends to put things off to the last minute. He misses deadlines, rationalizes, justifies, and tries to explain. Luckily, Bob is sent to his company's CEO, a new kind of CEO, the "Chief Effectiveness Officer", who helps him deal with the three negative side effects of procrastination: lateness, poor work quality, and stress to himself and others. Bob learns how to overcome procrastination, and transforms himself into a productive On-Time, On-Target Manager through the Three P strategy.

With this engaging parable, Blanchard and Gottry tackle the problem of procrastination head-on, offering practical strategies any professional can immediately put into practice to improve his or her performance.

©2003 Ken Blanchard and Steve Gottry; (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

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    Nina Denver, CO, USA 07-24-05
    Nina Denver, CO, USA 07-24-05 Member Since 2004
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    "If I had only known this sooner"

    I always knew that I was a procrastinator, what I did not know was the impact I had on my family, friends and co-workers by being one. This book opened my eyes to see that every excuse I have for not doing something or getting something done on time was due to my lack of planning and commitment. I have always felt I was good under perssure and did my best work up against a dead line. This book helped me realize I can plan ahead and stay ahead and feel better about the result. The most impressive part is I do not have to make excuses any more.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    K. Etobicoke, ON, Canada 01-22-06
    K. Etobicoke, ON, Canada 01-22-06 Member Since 2004
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    "A litte disappointing"

    I found this title to be a little disappointing. While it is a matter of taste, I found this book to be, at times, syrupy and/or preachy with few practical hints. I actually found the "60-Second Procrastinator" to be more helpful.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    John A. Held 08-03-05 Member Since 2005
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    "Annoying. Disappointing."

    I was excited and quickly snapped up the title on the topic of on-time/on-target delivery by the famous Ken Blanchard. Chapter 1 intro-ed a fictional character, Bob the manager, as an example of procrastination. Then, as chapter after chapter rolled on I realized I?d be trapped in this trite format for the entire book. Worse, the narrator played Bob in an idiotic tone, which left me cringing. I didn?t admire the Bob character at any point, which was the only vehicle used to communicate the central points. If you like fictional characters as a way of getting a point across?like the ?who moved my cheese? concept, you might find this okay. The points weren?t bad---just diluted by a lot of fluff. If you prefer analytically-based, detailed action plan, testimonial-type information, you may not like this book.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Masha Los Angeles, CA, United States 08-24-10
    Masha Los Angeles, CA, United States 08-24-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Not helpful at all"

    Hokey and ridiculous. You will not be able to relate to anything in this book unless you are over 60 and have been living on a deserted island for a while.

    "Bob", the main character of this book, is just such a silly fella. It's not that he's working a mind-numbing job that does nothing for his soul or his future. It's not that he's distrusted by his boss and fighting fierce competition to sell a product that he doesn't believe in. No. It's just that silly Bob needs to learn the three P's of procrastination. In the end of the book, Bob ironically conquers procrastination by realizing that his job sucks.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John HOUSTON, TX, United States 05-07-12
    John HOUSTON, TX, United States 05-07-12 Member Since 2012
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    "I think I'll put off this review."
    What did you like best about The On-Time, On-Target Manager? What did you like least?

    + quick read/listen, in the One Minute Manager style. Liked the "Bill of Rights" and have memorized it; one good way to think about a project and organizing a team around project management. Didn't think the story line was as powerful as other Blanchard books.


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    Have you listened to any of Brian Corrigan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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    What did you take away from The On-Time, On-Target Manager that you can apply to your work?

    see above


    Any additional comments?

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    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Carmody 03-27-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "Quite useful with messages that really hit home"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The book has a range of ideas and practical tips that everyone can benefit from, so I would definitely recommend a listen. It can be a bit long winded at times but overall some great messages.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Duclos, QC, Canada 03-11-12
    Scott Duclos, QC, Canada 03-11-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Some not bad advice, stupid presentation"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The story is just stupid. Just give us the info, without the cheezy nonsense


    Has The On-Time, On-Target Manager turned you off from other books in this genre?

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    Would you be willing to try another one of Brian Corrigan’s performances?

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    Was The On-Time, On-Target Manager worth the listening time?

    Hard to say. If you can stomach the garbage, there is some useful stuff there.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nina Dover, DE, United States 11-30-11
    Nina Dover, DE, United States 11-30-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Learning to beat Procrastination"

    Very Common Sense tips on how to be on time and on target. Thanks Ken and Steve for your help and advice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Iap! FORLI', Italy 11-29-11
    Iap! FORLI', Italy 11-29-11
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    "It could change the way you value your chores"

    At the beginning, as many other books of this series, it seems author is playing obvious things. But as you go further in reading you realize that he's going to dig deeply in uncorrect, though very common, behaviors at work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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