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The E Myth Manager, by Michael E Gerber

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The Seven Rules of Management Independence

  1. Know what you want
  2. Know you have the power to get it
  3. There can be no causes other than your own
  4. If you cannot manage yourself, you cannot manage anything
  5. There are no simple answers, only complex questions
  6. Before it gets better, it’s going to get worse
  7. These rules must become the defining principles of your life

Three types of people in business:

  1. The Emperor, who provides direction and the will and wakefulness necessary to remember it.
  2. The Manager has the authority to manifest the Emperor’s vision in business operations through processes and systems.
  3. The Technician has the authority to exercise her capability, capacity, and resources to execute the Manager’s processes and systems.

The E-Myth Manager Steps

  1. Understand your primary aim, away from the business.
    1. Become self aware. Know yourself.
    2. Commit to being aware of other people’s story. Know what is truly going on, not what you think is.
    3. Learn to see yourself as others see you.
    4. Understand the people and processes around you.
    5. Compose an impartial description of your life in the way you intend to lead it.
  2. Determine your strategic objective
    1. Remember that the S.O. is shaped by your primary aim
    2. Look at the organization – the work, the time, the money, the people, the product, the ethics, the morality, the culture – and measure it against your own clear definition of what it should be.
    3. Think about your ideal organization, and how you will get there: that is your S.O.
  3. Determine your financial strategy
    1. Understand that for the owners of the organization, money is very personal – it comes out of their pockets.
    2. Help make certain everyone understands how money works and how it doesn’t.
    3. Behave as though you own the organization.
    4. Foster an understanding and personal relationship with the employees and how money relates to them.
  4. Determine Organizational Strategy
    1. You do not organize people – you organize work
    2. Systems first, then people
    3. Determine what it is we need to accomplish
    4. originate your system as an enterprise, do it with true intention and attention, on purpose.
  5. Determine Management Strategy
    1. The role of the Manager is to engage with the present in a fully enlightened manner while inventing the future.
    2. If there is no passion in those under you, there is no flight in their wings.
    3. Do not innovate without an end goal to the innovations
    4. Innovate only with quantifiable measures in place
    5. Orchestrate your system so it is replicable.
  6. Determine a People Strategy
    1. Make sure that everyone in the organization masters:
      1. understanding the system
      2. sustaining the system
      3. practicing the system
      4. improving the system
      5. transforming the system
    2. Help people understand who they are and cope with their weaknesses and strengths (ie Enneagram/WorkTraits)