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Friday, April 16, 2004

The Common Sense of a Giant Via FC

In a soon-to-be-published biography and remembrance of the late Marvin Bower, the high priest of McKinsey & Co., there's a wonderful memo that should be tacked on the wall of every leader everywhereThe Bower memo :
First, we admire people who work hard. We dislike passengers who don't pull their weight in the boat.
We admire people with first-class brains, because you cannot run a great (organization) without brainy people.
We admire people who avoid politics -- office politics, I mean.
We despise toadied who suck up to their bosses; they are generally the same people who bully their subordinates.
We admire the great professionals, the craftsmen who do their jobs with superlative excellence. We notice that these people always respect the professional expertise of their colleagues in other departments.
We admire people who hire subordinates who are good enough to succeed them. We pity people who are so insecure that they feel compelled to hire inferior specimens as their subordinates.
We admire people who build up and develop their subordinates, because this is the only way we can promote from within the ranks. We detest having to go outside to fill important jobs, and I look forward to the day when that will never be necessary.
We admire people who practice delegation. The more you delegate, the more responsibility will be loaded upon you.
We admire kindly people with gentle manners who treat other people as human beings -- particularly the people who sell things to us. We abhor quarrelsome people. We abhor people who wage paper warfare. We abhor buck passers and people who don't tell the truth.
We admire well-organized people who keep their offices ship-shape, and deliver their work on time.
We admire people who are good citizens in their communities -- people who work for their local hospitals, their church, the PTA, the Community Chest, and so on. In this connection, I am proud of the example set by some of my colleagues during the year.
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