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Business Productivity Strategies for Success (Collection) by Daniel Silvert, Merrick Rosenberg, Mark I. Woods, Jerry Weissman, Martha I. Finney, Trapper Woods

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Truth 12. Visionary or beat cop? Your choice

The big business news that hits the headlines these days seems to fall into one of two large categories: Why didn’t I think of that? and What were they thinking? The first leads to accolades and keynote speeches; the second leads to handcuffs and legal fees. One is good; the other is bad. But both reflect a need for two separate kinds of management styles: visionary and beat cop. Visionary managers may get the limelight because of their fascination with the power of possibilities. But if you’re more enchanted with the power of rules, there’s a huge demand for you, too. (Case in point: A Google search for Dodd-Frank pulls up almost 19 million hits. People are worried about following the rules.) The ...

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