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Swanson's Unwritten Rules of Management Spiral-bound – 2005

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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 76 pages
  • Publisher: Raytheon (2005)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FH6A1Q
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,303,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Spiral-bound
Great little book full of common sense and practical management tips that I have found to be 100% accurate, 100% of the time. But as Raytheon will send it to you for free, its hard to imagine why its for sale at Amazon.
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Format: Spiral-bound
A collector's item highly sought after as Raytheon/Swanson distributed only a limited number of copies of this unpublished gem. A fabulous gift to yourself or a holiday gift anyone will treasure.

Raytheon CEO William Swanson's "Swanson's Unwritten Rules of Management" is a lifetime compilation of executive wisdom, said to be carried around by CEO's like it's a corporate bible. It provides true insight into what it takes to be successful. You may learn more from this book than from an MBA!

"Swanson's Unwritten Rules of Management" quickly became an underground hit when first featured as "The CEO's Secret Handbook", Business 2.0 Magazine's July 2005 cover story. The book is highly praised by former General Electric executive Jack Welch, and investment guru Warren Buffet liked it so much that he gave the book to many of his CEOs, friends, and family.

Among the Rules:
Rule 1: Learn to say, "I don't know." If used when appropriate, it will be often.

Rule 3: If you are not criticized, you may not be doing much.

Rule 4: Look for what is missing. Many know how to improve what's there, but few can see what isn't there.

Rule 32:A person who is nice to you but rude to the waiter - or to others - is not a nice person.

"Swanson's Unwritten Rules of Management" improved both my leadership and my professional relationships, it will do the same for you!
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I don't know if Raytheon gives this book away or not but, if they do, get one. This little book delivers something an MBA simply cannot provide, life experience! And it does so at a fraction of the cost. Move to the head of the class with this perfect little pocket sized MBA, you won't regret it.

Here's a sample:

1. Learn to say, "I don't know." - You'd be surprised at how much respect one gains from saying I don't know. Never forget, humility and truth equal respect. If you don't know, find out! Simple.
22. Cultivate the habit of making quick, clean-cut decisions. - This rule serves you well in life as well as business. Once you make a decision, right or wrong, you have a direction.
24. Don't ever lose your sense of humor. - Once you lose the fun, life and work become a chore, and chores are never fun.
32. A person that's nice to you but rude to the waiter is not a nice person. - Someone who mistreats the servers in restaurant, just for fun, is someone you avoid like the plague. Unless, of course, you want snot in your food.
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A very concise, quick pamplet on management and decision making. Swanson distills graduate school training and real world lessons from the corporate world into a condensed, readable format. If you find yourself in any management role, or expect to manage or administrate in the future, get this little book.
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This little booklet is a quick read and has some real nuggets of wisdom. If I had read this booklet right out of school, I would have thought the ideas in the book were very basic. But, after working a few years, I really appreciate the wisdom in the booklet....I think I learned more from the booklet than when I got my MBA! Business 2.0 had a story on Swanson's Unwritten Rules of Management and said that Warren Buffett is a big fan and got copies for all his direct reports, and that Jack Welch is a big fan. I got a copy from Raytheon for free a couple of years ago, but Raytheon does not currently distribute them.
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