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They get on with the job and send him periodic reports. Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton (see p. 252) was so respected by his crew members because they knew exactly what was expected of them; if they were reprimanded for anything, there was always a clear and rational reason. More recently, GE boss Jack Welch (see p. 288) explained his management style as “kicks and hugs,” which were meted out or given only according to strictly outlined, previously mapped-out goals. This did not create a climate of fear—if people did not measure up they could blame no one but themselves.
He also runs his own corporate training and development company. Johnson’s biography is on page 171. Over 750,000 copies of The One Minute Manager are in print. Its success has spawned spinoff titles including Leadership and the One Minute Manager, The One Minute Sales Person, and Putting the One Minute Manager to Work. 35 1921 The Americanization of Edward Bok “ Eventually, then, Bok learned that the path that led to success was wide open: the competition was negligible. There was no jostling.
In his retirement Bok wrote more books and became a philanthropist, his endowments including the $100,000 American Peace Award; the Harvard Advertising Awards; the Philadelphia Commission; and a chair in literature at Princeton University. The Ladies’ Home Journal is still sold today. Final comments A Dutch immigrant with little education who came to influence a generation through the most prosaic of vehicles, a women’s magazine, Bok’s is a classic story of migrant success. The closest modern comparison for his achievements would be Oprah Winfrey, who at a time when daytime television was going further downmarket decided to promote books and reading.