thank you letter
To Kenneth Blanchard & Spencer Johnson
We all have our own ideas about what makes a great leader, whether this is in an office, home, or school setting. The ideas may be grand but the execution, we realize, can actually be quite challenging. Thankfully for me, and actually the motivation behind writing this thank you letter, I was able to get sound and effective advice on the basics of management from the book, “The One Minute Manager” written by Kenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson. Their recommendations have worked so well for me that I would like to let them know how grateful I am for it.
Dear Kenneth and Spencer,
I hope this thank you letter of mine finds the both of you well. The bestselling self-help book you wrote over a decade ago has really helped me, not just to become a more effective manager, but also a better leader. For a long time, I pondered on how I could be a more effective boss and was always getting conflicting ideas from other sources. Some said to be stern while others emphasized the need to be approachable and emphatic.
As much as I think personality and character makes a leader, I was able to learn a lot from the three elements that you presented in your book. From reading it, I realized that the most important is that of goal setting. You can’t possibly work towards having a cohesive company without each individual worker being aware and in line with the main objective! I finally reconciled with the idea of how vital it was that no one was kept in the shadows in terms of the aims of the company. It didn’t matter what position an employee held, the only way to make the business work was to loop everyone in.
So, following your lead, I sat everyone I worked with down and we discussed our goals as a company as well as individual missions for the positions we all held. I admit it may have taken more than a minute, but the essence of the secret of one-minute management remained. We all became more focused and productive, as there were fewer questions and even lesser mistakes in handling the work at hand.
I think in a lot of the business settings today, individuals in seats of authority forget how important cohesiveness is in the success of a company. Thus, they feel the need to be secretive towards other employees, especially subordinates. My experience has proved, however, that practicing open goal setting, just like your book says, is equally, if not more, effective. I really want to thank you for teaching me that.
Please accept my thank you letter as a humble sign of my gratitude for the invaluable lessons I have learned from you.