The Benevolent Dictator has much to offer . . . not just the attitude and mindset, skills and insight needed to launch a business, but launch it, keep it going, and make it grow. The attributes and plans discussed by Michael Feuer can be used in many facets of anyone’s everyday life.
My favorite part of the entire book is summarized in a simple philosophy of how to best get things done. Mike’s follow-up philosophy is right on the money, not just for start up companies, but for any manager, executive, teacher, parent or coach who wants to see consistent, positive results.
In a nutshell every meeting has notes and things that must be done and measured. You may not get it done on time, you may not want to do it the boss’s way, or you may not want to do it at all, but you can’t ignore it and you know you must communicate your preference. The follow-up will happen and you better be ready to explain your action.
What get’s measured gets done. Focus, have discipline, create a process, and hold everyone accountable in a fair, consistent professional manner. Mike covers all the critical areas with a common sense approach and a risk tolerance I think few people enjoy.
The 40 lessons can be read in any order and referred to over and over again for better understanding. It is easy to read, full of useful information, and makes you think differently about how to achieve your own goals.
The Benevolent Dictator is a different, effective and very interesting business book. I would recommend it for anyone who looks to improve their thinking and obtaining results from other people.
. . . Jim Bria, President of TSI Associates, Inc.