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The Rules of Management
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  • Managing your team
  • 1 Get them emotionally involved
  • 2 Know what a team is and how it works
  • 3 Set realistic targets - no, really realistic
  • 4 Hold effective meetings . . .
  • 5 . . . No, really effective
  • 6 Make meetings fun
  • 7 Make your team better than you
  • 8 Know your own importance
  • 9 Set your boundaries
  • 10 Be ready to prune
  • 11 Offload as much as you can - or dare
  • 12 Let them make mistakes
  • 13 Accept their limitations
  • 14 Encourage people
  • 15 Be very, very good at finding the right people
  • 16 Hire raw talent
  • 17 Take the rap
  • 18 Give credit to the team when it deserves it
  • 19 Get the best resources for your team
  • 20 Celebrate
  • 21 Keep track of everything you do and say
  • 22 Be sensitive to friction
  • 23 Create a good atmosphere
  • 24 Inspire loyalty and team spirit
  • 25 Have and show trust in your staff
  • 26 Respect individual differences
  • 27 Listen to ideas from others
  • 28 Adapt your style to each team member
  • 29 Let them think they know more than you (even if they don't)
  • 30 Don't always have to have the last word
  • 31 Understand the roles of others
  • 32 Ensure people know exactly what is expected of them
  • 33 Have clear expectations
  • 34 Use positive reinforcement motivation
  • 35 Don't try justifying stupid systems
  • 36 Be ready to say yes
  • 37 Train them to bring you solutions, not problems
  • Managing yourself
  • 38 Work hard
  • 39 Set the standard
  • 40 Enjoy yourself
  • 41 Don't let it get to you
  • 42 Know what you are supposed to be doing
  • 43 Know what you are actually doing
  • 44 Value your time
  • 45 Be proactive, not reactive
  • 46 Be consistent
  • 47 Set realistic targets for yourself - no, really realistic
  • 48 Have a game plan, but keep it secret
  • 49 Get rid of superfluous rules
  • 50 Learn from your mistakes
  • 51 Be ready to unlearn - what works, changes
  • 52 Cut the crap - prioritize
  • 53 Cultivate those in the know
  • 54 Know when to kick the door shut
  • 55 Fill your time productively and profitably
  • 56 Have a Plan B and a Plan C
  • 57 Capitalize on chance - be lucky, but never admit it
  • 58 Recognize when you're stressed
  • 59 Manage your health
  • 60 Be prepared for the pain and pleasure
  • 61 Face the future
  • 62 Head up, not head down
  • 63 See the wood and the trees
  • 64 Know when to let go
  • 65 Be decisive, even if it means being wrong sometimes
  • 66 Adopt minimalism as a management style
  • 67 Visualize your blue plaque
  • 68 Have principles and stick to them
  • 69 Follow your intuition
  • 70 Be creative
  • 71 Don't stagnate
  • 72 Be flexible and ready to move on
  • 73 Remember the object of the exercise
  • 74 Remember that none of us has to be here
  • 75 Go home
  • 76 Keep learning - especially from the opposition
  • 77 Be passionate and bold
  • 78 Plan for the worst, but hope for the best
  • 79 Let the company see you are on its side
  • 80 Don't bad-mouth your boss
  • 81 Don't bad-mouth your team
  • 82 Accept that some things bosses tell you to do will be wrong
  • 83 Accept that bosses are as scared as you are at times
  • 84 Avoid straitjacket thinking
  • 85 Act and talk as if one of them
  • 86 If in doubt, ask questions
  • 87 Show you understand the viewpoint of underlings and overlings
  • 88 Add value
  • 89 Don't back down - be prepared to stand your ground
  • 90 Don't play politics
  • 91 Don't slag off other managers
  • 92 Share what you know
  • 93 Don't intimidate
  • 94 Be above interdepartmental warfare
  • 95 Show that you'll fight to the death for your team
  • 96 Aim for respect rather than being liked
  • 97 Do one or two things well and avoid the rest
  • 98 Seek feedback on your performance
  • 99 Maintain good relationships and friendships
  • 100 Build respect - both ways - between you and your customers
  • 101 Go the extra mile for your customers
  • 102 Be aware of your responsibilities
  • 103 Be straight at all times and speak the truth
  • 104 Don't cut corners - you'll get found out
  • 105 Find the right sounding board
  • 106 Be in command and take charge
  • 107 Be a diplomat for the company

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