QUICKLET ON RICHARD TEMPLAR'S RULES OF MANAGEMENT
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ABOUT THE BOOK When I was a young man trying to make my mark in the software business, I was exposed to many different types of leadership personalities. This experience shaped my understanding of management, as it would any wide-eyed college graduate. I tried to emulate the people in positions of power, watched the people in various positions of authority, and started to build my mental framework for what it meant to manage by what they did. After all, they say the quickest way to success is to find out what successful people do and put what you learn into action. The problem? It was a mirage. Just because managers were in charge didn?t mean they were going to be successful. After watching for a bit I started to realize that all bad managers had one thing in common: "going down in flames." It might have taken some time, but eventually they all stalled and failed. Maybe they lost their team, maybe they made false promises one too many times, or maybe their irritating attitudes finally caught up with them. Eventually, people figured them out and jettisoned them as dead weight. I got lucky. When I was put in charge of a small software development team at the ripe old age of 22, a friend gave me Richard Templar?s The Rules of Management as a "good luck" gift. That night I read it cover-to-cover - twice. With no exaggeration, there was more wisdom in those pages than anything I had experienced, seen, or read up to that point on management. There was no secret wisdom, no hidden management guru framework, no convoluted advice. Instead, Templar applied common sense to the concept of management. MEET THE AUTHOR Jason Warner is an programmer, leader, author and open source enthusiast. He works for Canonical managing the Ubuntu desktop, has authored several fitness books, maintains a leadership blog and fitness blog and is working on his next series of books.