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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner (December 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439149372
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439149379
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.7 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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"Proven Tools" - a Book Review by John Lehman of Warren Buffett's Management Secrets by Mary Buffett & David Clark

I read something in the first chapter of this little book that I have been thinking about for days: "Pick the right business to work for." It seems simple, but means the difference between a high-paying career and a life of drudgery. Yet most of us, at least when the age we are first looking for a job, take anything. We don't feel we deserve choice. In a nutshell, that is the most amazing quality of this compendium of five simple principles for personal and business success, it empowers the reader. It gives us choice. It even allows us to fail.

Management Secrets reminds me of another favorite of mine, The Actor's Handbook by some of David Mamet's former students at NYU. I'm a big fan of the playwright and have read his books, but there is something about getting the information from a second-party that is almost better. It's as if they have taken the time and effort to assimilate a complex subject and put it in such a way that can implement it. That's certainly true here. The two authors tell us how to determine the "right business to work for" in terms of per share earnings, debt and gross margin, and even follow these with a course of action for people who find themselves in the wrong choice, "So if you find yourself working for a company with poor inherent economics, it is better to get out now than it is to stick around year after year waiting for things to change."

There are stages businesses go through and an entrepreneur may go against everything people advise to start a new enterprise, but he or she needs to turn around and delegate to others if the company is to ever reach the next level.
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This book seemed to focus more on his investment strategies and not his management philosophies. Oh, you'll get those as well, but I would have loved to have seen more and more how Warren Buffett deals as a manager. If you removed the investment strategies you could get this book down to about ten pages.

I still enjoyed the read, however, but I would not recommend this book to somebody who is trying to find out how to be a better manager. This book references Warren's love for the works of Dale Carnegie. You would do okay to start there.
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You won't find any revolutionary information here if you have already managerial experience and read respective literature.

It's about notorious basics:

- Find a Job You Love and You'll Never Work a Day in Your Life
- Dont borrow money, dont live above your financial possibilities, dont create debt etc
- Delegate as much as possible, and follow up on major things
- Invest in depression, sell on grow
- Listen your managers, surround yourself with good advisers etc

If you have never had a management book in your hands, you can start with this one. But for "newers" it's too hightflyer (how young independants can use advise "invest in companies in depression"???), and for middle-management these advises are too obvious.

Another thing that bothers me, the way Mary reads each paragraph "Warren believes..", "Warren hires...", "Warren does...". We know that all these ideas come from Mr. Buffet, why should she reminds it every minute?
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I purchased this book at Costco for $[...]. It was worth it for this price but not for the publisher's price of $[...].

The book has many valuable management and leadership guidelines and principles that are followed by Warren Buffet (according to his daughter-in-law, Mary). For the most part, these are sound principles that are taught in a variety of other business books in the marketplace.

The book (and hence, Buffett's management priciples) is broken down into five segments;
1) Pick the Right Business
2) Delegate Authority
3) Find a Manager with the Right Qualities
4) Motivate Your Workforce
5) Managerial Axioms for Different Problems.

Each of these five sections is expanded on briefly in the book. The entire book is only 123 small pages long so the amount of wisdom that can be captured is limited.

A couple of the key points I picked out from Buffett are;
1) Maintain a long term view of the business and don't always focus on making short term numbers...this pressures staff to "manufacture" results.
2) Measure management on how well they did relative to the overall marketplace not just relative to last year's performance.
3) Rely heavily on the principles taught by Andrew Carnegie in "How to Win Friends and Influence People".

David Taylor
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this is the perfect book for a new supervisor or manager, or someone who's been a manager, but never had any training. it's not going to walk anyone step by step through 'how to be a manager' , but it's got some good general philosophies in it on what to do and not to do in working with employees.

if you've read other mgmt books before, some of his input won't be new.

i can't believe the reviewer who gave this book at 1 star rating. that is completely unwarranted. and, i don't know what he paid, but i got it on amazon for a reasonable price.
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