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


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  • Management with less pain and stress, more fun and profit!
  • Better ways to manage your team -- and yourself.
  • By Richard Templar, author of the global business best-seller The Rules of Work.


  • Copyright 2005
  • Edition: 1st
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-187036-X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-187036-9

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.

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Rule 1 of Management: Get Them Emotionally Involved

Rule 5 of Management: Make Meetings Fun

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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-No, Really Effective

5. Make Meetings Fun

6. Make Your Team Better Than You

7. Set Your Boundaries

8. Be Ready to Cut

9. Offload as Much as You Can-or Dare

10. Let Them Make Mistakes

11. Accept Their Limitations

12. Encourage People

13. Be Very, Very Good at Finding the Right People

14. Take the Rap

15. Give Credit to the Team When It Deserves It

16. Get the Best Resources for Your Team

17. Celebrate

18. Keep Track of Everything You Do and Say

19. Be Sensitive to Friction

20. Create a Good Atmosphere

21. Inspire Loyalty and Team Spirit

22. Fight for Your Team

23. Have and Show Trust in Your Staff

24. Respect Individual Differences

25. Listen to Ideas from Others

26. Adapt Your Style to Each Team Member

27. Let Them Think They Know More Than You (Even If They Don't)

28. Don't Always Have to Have the Last Word

29. Understand the Roles of Others

30. Ensure People Know Exactly What Is Expected of Them

31. Use Positive Reinforcement to Motivate

32. Don't Try Justifying Stupid Systems

33. Be Ready to Say Yes

34. Train Them to Bring You Solutions, Not Problems


35. Get It Done/Work Hard

36. Set an Example/Standards

37. Enjoy Yourself

38. Don't Let It Get to You

39. Know What You Are Supposed to Be Doing

40. Know What You Are Actually Doing

41. Be Proactive, Not Reactive

42. Be Consistent

43. Set Realistic Targets for Yourself-No, Really Realistic

44. Have a Game Plan, But Keep It Secret

45. Get Rid of Superfluous Rules

46. Learn From Your Mistakes

47. Be Ready to Unlearn-What Works, Changes

48. Cut the Crap-Prioritize

49. Cultivate Those in the Know

50. Know When to Shut the Door

51. Fill Your Time Productively and Profitably

52. Have a Plan B and a Plan C

53. Capitalize on Chance-Be Lucky, but Never Admit It

54. Recognize When You're Stressed

55. Manage Your Health

56. Be Prepared for the Pain and Pleasure

57. Face the Future

58. Head Up, Not Head Down

59. See the Woods and the Trees

60. Know When to Let Go

61. Be Decisive, Even If It Means Being Wrong Sometimes

62. Adopt Minimalism as a Management Style

63. Visualize Your Blue Plaque

64. Have Principles and Stick to Them

65. Follow Your Intuition/Gut Instinct

66. Be Creative

67. Don't Stagnate

68. Be Flexible and Ready to Move On

69. Remember the Object of the Exercise

70. Remember That None of Us Has to Be Here

71. Go Home

72. Keep Learning-Especially from the Opposition

73. Be Passionate and Bold

74. Plan for the Worst, but Hope for the Best

75. Let the Company See You Are on Its Side

76. Don't Bad-Mouth Your Boss

77. Don't Bad-Mouth Your Team

78. Accept That Some Things Bosses Tell You to Do Will Be Wrong

79. Accept That Bosses Are as Scared as You Are at Times

80. Avoid Straitjacket Thinking

81. Act and Talk as If You Are One of Them

82. Show You Understand the Viewpoint of Underlings and Overlings

83. Don't Back Down-Be Prepared to Stand Your Ground

84. Don't Play Politics

85. Don't Put Down Other Managers

86. Share What You Know

87. Don't Intimidate

88. Be Above Interdepartmental Warfare

89. Show That You'll Fight to the Death for Your Team

90. Aim for Respect Rather Than Being Liked

91. Do One or Two Things Well and Avoid the Rest

92. Seek Feedback on Your Performance

93. Maintain Good Relationships and Friendships

94. Build Respect-Both Ways-Between You and Your Customers

95. Go the Extra Mile for Your Customers

96. Be Aware of Your Responsibilities and Stick to Your Principles

97. Be Straight at All Times and Speak the Truth

98. Don't Cut Corners-You'll Get Caught

99. Be in Command and Take Charge

100. Be a Diplomat for the Company

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