Friday, July 20, 2007

Management Characteristics of the Powerful

Winston Churchill: "Action This Day" stickers and autocratic management.

John F. Kennedy: Collegial management and pragmatism.

Dwight Eisenhower: Formal hierarchy with hidden channels to gain unfiltered information.

Mahatma Gandhi: Weekly periods of silence.

Charles de Gaulle: Formal hierarchy combined with periodic semi-isolation.

George Marshall: A black book containing assessments of his colleagues.

Margaret Thatcher: Being better briefed than her subordinates on their specialties.

Jimmy Carter: Frequent micromanagement and absorption with detail.

Adolf Hitler: Dependent followers willing to create fantasy worlds rather than suspend belief in the leader.

Joseph Stalin: Management by terror.

Franklin D. Roosevelt: Intentional overlapping of assignments with the CEO at the hub of the organization.

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