The author is the founder and CEO of a leading coaching company in Japan. Based on a lecture he gave at New York University that drew attention from coaches around the world, Three-Minute Coach introduces a management method that will optimize employee performance. This method, which requires that a manager spend only three minutes on a short and focused conversation with each employee, is based upon Itoh's firm belief in the importance of managers engaging with their subordinates. The Three-Minute Coach method is not simply about memorizing a set of questions, but is rather a comprehensive tool that leaders can use to understand employees, engage in effective conversations with them, and develop the employees' skills. This unique approach combines both Eastern and Western management philosophies, melding the strengths of Japanese management styles with coaching techniques highly regarded in Western countries.
Whether applied to a small business with only one employee or a major corporation with hundreds, the Three-Minute Coach method is sure to improve both the abilities of managers and the performance of employees.