The Rules of Management - Richard Templar

I'd read The Rules of Management back when Richard Templar first put it out. This classic book is, simply, a list of various things to do in order to succeed in a business environment. It's not long, drawn out step by step tasks to do with complex charts and diagrams. Rather, they are usually one-page rules that are short and understandable. Work hard. Set the standard. ENJOY what you do.

Yes you could say they're common sense, but how often do we fall into the trap of doing things because they're easy or because everyone else is? Templar reminds us to invest our time wisely - our time is worth money. Put aside time to plan ahead. Don't get caught up in the hamster-wheel - map your path up and out.

Always have a plan B and C. Manage your stress, manage your health. Eat, sleep, and get healthy checkups. These are all investments in your future. Many of us know these things intellectually but put them off anyway. Templar reminds us how critical they are.

Learn from your competition - don't progress with your head in the sand. Make a stand on issues that are key to you. Don't be angry, don't be aggressive, but be steady and firm.

When you manage others, aim to be respected rather than liked. There will always be people who simply are not a good fit. Your aim is not to be their beer buddy. You instead need them to know you will treat them fairly in whatever comes. Ask for feedback, and above all, be honest.

Get a good sounding board of a variety of personalities. That way you can have a cheerleader as well as a brainstormer.

The only rule I really had an issue with was #52 - which claims in the end everything you work for comes down to just money. I have to disagree heartily. There are many times on the websites I run that I have ignored income for the sake of helping charities or preserving our visitor experience. Not all of us feel that money is the ultimate priority of a business. I would hope I'm not the only one who feels other ideals such as helping others and helping the environment can have priority.

Still, in a book of 107 rules it's not unexpected that one or two are not a perfect match. In general I feel his advice is quite helpful. For those who feel it is simple common sense, I have to say that most of us still end up violating these rules occasionally and need a reminder to get us back on track.

I received my copy of this book free from Amazon Vine for the purpose of this review, but I had previously purchased the original version with my own funds.

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