Looking around you, how many business people hold a business degree or specialist certificate/diploma in business? Do you think education is necessary to run business successfully?
"For example, the big-picture visionary should be responsible for goal setting, the taste tester should be assigned the job of identifying and not tolerating problems, the logical detective who doesn’t mind probing people should be the diagnoser, the imaginative designer should craft the plan to make the improvements, and the reliable taskmaster should make sure the plan gets executed... A team should consist of people with all of these abilities and they should know who is responsible for which steps."Here's other useful tips on organisational engineering that seemed to be most memorable from his book: On Principles:
"Principles are fundamental truths that serve as the foundations for behavior that gets you what you want out of life. They can be applied again and again in similar situations to help you achieve your goals."On Partnerships:
"Remember that in great partnerships, consideration and generosity are more important than money."On Choices:
"I learned that if you work hard and creatively, you can have just about anything you want, but not everything you want. Maturity is the ability to reject good alternatives in order to pursue even better ones."On Problems:
"You only have so much time and energy; make sure you are investing them in exploring the problems that, if fixed, will yield you the biggest returns."On Limits:
"If you’re not failing, you’re not pushing your limits, and if you’re not pushing your limits, you’re not maximizing your potential."On Giving Up:
"I saw that to do exceptionally well you have to push your limits and that, if you push your limits, you will crash and it will hurt a lot. You will think you have failed—but that won’t be true unless you give up."On Success:
"The greatest gift you can give someone is the power to be successful. Giving people the opportunity to struggle rather than giving them the things they are struggling for will make them stronger."On Struggling:
"In time, I realized that the satisfaction of success doesn’t come from achieving your goals, but from struggling well."On Strengths and Weaknesses:
"Remember that most people are happiest when they are improving and doing the things that suit them naturally and help them advance. So learning about your people’s weaknesses is just as valuable (for them and for you) as is learning about their strengths."On Quality Reflections:
"The most valuable habit I’ve acquired is using pain to trigger quality reflections. If you can acquire this habit yourself, you will learn what causes your pain and what you can do about it, and it will have an enormous impact on your effectiveness."