I have had some success as a manager, which always amazes me. I am not a particularly brilliant leader, but I have had great people working for me, making me look good. I have a few simple ideas about management that I want to record for posterity. If I get around to it, I will flesh out some of these ideas and perhaps add to them in future posts.
Rules of B-Daddy's Book of Management.
1. Plan to do nothing, and you will certainly achieve your goals.
2. Management is hard, leadership is better and supervision is most difficult of all.
Corollary: Hire people who don't need supervision.
3. Hiring is the manager's most important decision.
4. Stay on message. Communicate consistently. Repeat your theme repetitively.
5. The commodity in shortest supply is management attention.
Corollary 1: The most important word in a manager's vocabulary is "no."
Corollary 2: Email is an evil leach of your time.
7. Understand your firm's economic engine and your unit's.
8. Be careful what you ask for, you just might get it.
9. Deliver the bad news yourself, let your people deliver the good news.