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Rules of Management, The: A Definitive Code for Managerial Success

Book Description

Managers are expected to be leaders, innovators, magicians, dynamic motivators, stern but fair judges, diplomats, politicians, therapists, financial wizards, warriors, and saints. They must deliver on executive mandates, no matter how crazy. For some people, it’s a breeze. They glide effortlessly through the hassles and politics, getting raises, promotions, results. They know the rules of management. Rules for managing a team -- and managingyourself. They’re surprisingly easy to learn and live by.  Richard Templar has brought them all together in one place: the quick, irreverent The Rules of Management. Templar covers everything from setting realistic targets to holding effective meetings; finding the right people to inspiring loyalty. Learn when and how to let people think they know more than you (even if they don’t) -- and recognize when they really do! Discover how to adapt your style to each team member... get people to bring solutions, not problems... create your own private game plan for success, complete with Plans “B” and “C”... capitalize on luck... manage stress and stay healthy... get respect...  and take charge.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. Introduction
  3. 1. Managing Your Team
    1. 1. Get Them Emotionally Involved
    2. 2. Know What a Team Is and How It Works
    3. 3. Set Realistic Targets—No, Really Realistic
    4. 4. Hold Effective Meetings—No, Really Effective
    5. 5. Make Meetings Fun
    6. 6. Make Your Team Better Than You
    7. 7. Set Your Boundaries
    8. 8. Be Ready to Cut
    9. 9. Offload as Much as You Can—or Dare
    10. 10. Let Them Make Mistakes
    11. 11. Accept Their Limitations
    12. 12. Encourage People
    13. 13. Be Very, Very Good at Finding the Right People
    14. 14. Take the Rap
    15. 15. Give Credit to the Team When It Deserves It
    16. 16. Get the Best Resources for Your Team
    17. 17. Celebrate
    18. 18. Keep Track of Everything You Do and Say
    19. 19. Be Sensitive to Friction
    20. 20. Create a Good Atmosphere
    21. 21. Inspire Loyalty and Team Spirit
    22. 22. Fight for Your Team
    23. 23. Have and Show Trust in Your Staff
    24. 24. Respect Individual Differences
    25. 25. Listen to Ideas from Others
    26. 26. Adapt Your Style to Each Team Member
    27. 27. Let Them Think They Know More Than You (Even If They Don’t)
    28. 28. Don’t Always Have to Have the Last Word
    29. 29. Understand the Roles of Others
    30. 30. Ensure People Know Exactly What is Expected of Them
    31. 31. Use Positive Reinforcement to Motivate
    32. 32. Don’t Try Justifying Stupid Systems
    33. 33. Be Ready to Say Yes
    34. 34. Train Them to Bring You Solutions, Not Problems
  4. 2. Managing Yourself
    1. 35. Get It Done/Work Hard
    2. 36. Set an Example/Standards
    3. 37. Enjoy Yourself
    4. 38. Don’t Let It Get to You
    5. 39. Know What You Are Supposed to Be Doing
    6. 40. Know What You Are Actually Doing
    7. 41. Be Proactive, Not Reactive
    8. 42. Be Consistent
    9. 43. Set Realistic Targets for Yourself—No, Really Realistic
    10. 44. Have a Game Plan, but Keep It Secret
    11. 45. Get Rid of Superfluous Rules
    12. 46. Learn from Your Mistakes
    13. 47. Be Ready to Unlearn—What Works, Changes
    14. 48. Cut the Crap—Prioritize
    15. 49. Cultivate Those in the Know
    16. 50. Know When to Shut the Door
    17. 51. Fill Your Time Productively and Profitably
    18. 52. Have a Plan B and a Plan C
    19. 53. Capitalize on Chance—Be Lucky, but Never Admit It
    20. 54. Recognize When You’re Stressed
    21. 55. Manage Your Health
    22. 56. Be Prepared for the Pain and Pleasure
    23. 57. Face the Future
    24. 58. Head Up, Not Head Down
    25. 59. See the Woods and the Trees
    26. 60. Know When to Let Go
    27. 61. Be Decisive, Even If It Means Being Wrong Sometimes
    28. 62. Adopt Minimalism as a Management Style
    29. 63. Visualize Your Blue Plaque
    30. 64. Have Principles and Stick to Them
    31. 65. Follow Your Intuition/Gut Instinct
    32. 66. Be Creative
    33. 67. Don’t Stagnate
    34. 68. Be Flexible and Ready to Move On
    35. 69. Remember the Object of the Exercise
    36. 70. Remember That None of Us Has to be Here
    37. 71. Go Home
    38. 72. Keep Learning—Especially from the Opposition
    39. 73. Be Passionate and Bold
    40. 74. Plan for the Worst, but Hope for the Best
    41. 75. Let the Company See You Are on Its Side
    42. 76. Don’t Bad-Mouth your Boss
    43. 77. Don’t Bad-Mouth Your Team
    44. 78. Accept That Some Things Bosses Tell You to Do Will Be Wrong
    45. 79. Accept That Bosses Are as Scared as You Are at Times
    46. 80. Avoid Straitjacket Thinking
    47. 81. Act and Talk As If You Are One of Them
    48. 82. Show You Understand the Viewpoint of Underlings and Overlings
    49. 83. Don’t Back Down—Be Prepared to Stand Your Ground
    50. 84. Don’t Play Politics
    51. 85. Don’t Put Down Other Managers
    52. 86. Share What You Know
    53. 87. Don’t Intimidate
    54. 88. Be Above Interdepartmental Warfare
    55. 89. Show That You’ll Fight to the Death for Your Team
    56. 90. Aim for Respect Rather Than Being Liked
    57. 91. Do One or Two Things Well and Avoid the Rest
    58. 92. Seek Feedback on Your Performance
    59. 93. Maintain Good Relationships and Friendships
    60. 94. Build Respect—Both Ways—Between You and Your Customers
    61. 95. Go the Extra Mile for Your Customers
    62. 96. Be Aware of Your Responsibilities and Stick to Your Principles
    63. 97. Be Straight at All Times and Speak the Truth
    64. 98. Don’t Cut Corners—You’ll Get Caught
    65. 99. Be In Command and Take Charge
    66. 100. Be a Diplomat for the Company
  5. End Game
  6. Acknowledgments