Some of the most basic concepts never change but often they become
lost in the pursuit of success.
Throughout the years Iíve obtained or read just about every
written theory about what makes a successful manager or organization.
I have Coveyís The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People and even
went so far, several years ago, to become a certified trainer in this
theory. Iíve read and tried to put into practice Creating
& Motivating A Superior Loyal Staff and have recommended to
clients the resource, Managing Workplace Negativity when trying to
motivate and lead.
I have, however, now come across the ultimate
resource to successful management. It not only contains invaluable
advice but also provides an answer to every dilemma. It holds the
promise of making every individual thrive and every business flourish.
The information provided eliminates the need to
ever attend another management seminar as it provides information on
subjects including, but not limited to, ethics, responsibility and
communication in less then ten pages compared to most books of three
hundred or more pages (Covey takes 340 pages to talk about 7 habits).
Consider these basic suggestions:
Speak for yourself. Not anybody else.
Listen to others first. Then theyíll listen
Take charge of yourself. You are responsible
- Show respect. Every person is important.
I stumbled across this phenomenal resource while visiting at a
friendís home. While sitting in the entertainment room I spied a
pamphlet on the coffee table entitled YMCA House Rules. As soon
as I began thumbing through it I heard echoes from the seminars Iíve
provided and the books lining my office walls. My friendís involved
in coaching his daughterís softball team this year and the
guidebook, prepared by the Y, is provided to coaches, parents and
I mentally made a few word changes (coach equals
manager, player becomes employee) and shazam I was holding the
ultimate in management self-help books. Consider this excerpt:
Cooperative-style coaches give direction and provide instruction when
it is needed, but they also know when to let players make decisions
and assume responsibility. Your players will show more respect and be
more willing to listen if they know that you are genuinely interested
in their opinions.
Since finding this gem Iím changing
recommendations to clients and seminar participants who ask me for
resource materials. There is so much practical information written
simply and to the point that not only makes sense but is also the
right thing to do. As the Y notes in its section on competition,
striving to win is essential to enjoyable competition, but winning at
all costs leads to an acceptance of cheating. What companies or
individuals come to your mind after reading that simple passage?
My office bookshelves are not as crowded as they
once were. This ten-page pamphlet has replaced numerous management
self-help books that donít even come close to identifying the
solutions found in this basic publication. I am, however, going to add
another book and place it next to this one as soon as I can locate my
old Boy Scout Handbook.
I wish you well.
information is provided as information only and not legal advice.
Legal advice should be obtained from a competent, licensed attorney,
in good standing with the state bar association.