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Ben Franklin's 12 Rules of Management [Paperback]

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Pages   210
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.99" Width: 6.01" Height: 0.53"
Weight:   0.72 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 15, 2000
Publisher   Entrepreneur Press
ISBN  1891984144  
EAN  9781891984143  

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"Start a Revolution in Your Management Thinking"

Although Ben Franklin is best known for being a patriot, diplomat, and inventor, he first rose from obscurity to become one of the most influential and successful business owners in Colonial America. In fact, Franklin was so successful that he was able to retire at age 42 to pursue his other, more well known interests.

Franklin chronicled his early life through "The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin." Drawing upon that book's wealth of wisdom, "Ben Franklin's 12 Rules of Management "explores the innovative management principles and philosophies this "Founding Father of American Business" pioneered, including: Great managers rarely have great beginnings Seek first to manage yourself, then to manage others Influence is more important than victory Become a revolutionary for positive experimentation and change Sometimes it's better to do 1,001 small things right than one large thing right Incentive is everything

Whether you're an entrepreneur, a mid-level manager, or a Fortune 500 executive, "Ben Franklin's 12 Rules of""Management "will inspire you to integrate Franklin's wisdom into your everyday life and show you how to use his revolutionary management philosophies to improve your performance and more effectively manage your business.

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Blaine McCormick is a nationally recognized expert on the life and business practices of Benjamin Franklin. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, CNN, and ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings. He is the associate dean for undergraduate programs at the Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University, where he teaches negotiation and conflict resolution.

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If you are in a management postion, you need this book.  Jan 9, 2007
Blaine has given us the essential principles that are the essence of the business man, Ben Franklin. We are very familiar with many of the aspects of Franklin's life. We forget that, above all, his sucesses came from important principles he utilized. These are still valid today. It is about time someone has addressed the business side of Franklin. This is a MUST READ for everyone in business.
Outstanding Read  May 21, 2005
I think it is important to understand who writes these reviews and where they are coming from. I am a Team Leader for a 70 member real estate firm. Therefore anything that can help me better manage 70 independent contractors is well worth the read. I found this book to be exceptional because (1) it kept my interest peaked, (2) it contains a lot of great quotes and theories, (3) it reinforced what I am doing right and (4) more importantly, provided me with food-for-thought about how I can do a lot more things better. I intend to use Ben Franklins method of concentrating on just one "trait" per week and then grade myself on how well I advanced the concept during the week until I work my way through all 12 Rules. Should be an interesting couple of months. I highly recommend this book to anyone in management or who is interested in business.
Synthesis of good management practices, not history  Mar 11, 2003
This book is an interesting read, as it uses Ben Franklin, one of the most celebrated characters in history, to give substance to certain abstract concepts relating to good managers and leaders.

In many ways, it is a very pragmatic book, even Machiavellian. For example, Franklin made sure people had an impression of his being a hard worker, by keeping his lights on till very late and by making sure people saw him leaving his work very late. Translated to today's world, such a rule could be translated into the realm of "face time". Like this one, the rules in the book are timeless.

My only concern about the book is the limited historical scope of it. It focuses on the period before Franklin got involved with politics and the revolution, so the more interesting parts of his life are not present. When I grabbed this book, I was expecting both a management lesson and a history one; forget the history one.

One should keep in mind the title of the book: 12 Rules of MANAGEMENT. That is very accurate, and it is clear that those rules are focused on management and NOT leadership. If you are looking for good manager advice, this is a very good book.

Understandable to a new business venturer  Dec 19, 2001
After reading McCormick's book, being a first year business student, I had no trouble at all understanding the points made in each chapter. I thought the overviews at the end of each chapter made the vital points clear and helped me follow along with what McCormick was trying to convey to his readers.

Not having too much business experience, I can say that after reading this book, business is definitely something I want to look further into.

One of the better "Manage by Hero" books  Jul 24, 2000
I have a weakness for reading every management book that tries to teach management concepts by relating the ideas to an historical hero. I've read management by Lincoln, Grant, Lee, Achilles, and even Star Trek characters. They all follow the same format and for the most part do does McCormick.

One significant difference, however, is that McCormick recognizes and cautions the reader from applying Franklin's rules willy-nilly. Yes, a lot of the moral training Franklin tried to push in the 1700's would equally apply today but the environments do differ.

I, too, read Franklin's autobiography many years ago. This book makes Franklin's ideas much more reachable by the masses but I liked the poetic syntax and cadence of the original Franklin. It's like hearing a story from your grandfather rather than hearing a second-hand version from your brother.

Nevertheless, I liked the book and will be thinking about and trying to exercise the points for many weeks to come.


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