I recently read a book called,” The Secrets Of Building A Great Organization”, by Bruce Clinton owner of BusinessWise, L.L.C., a business consulting and coaching firm based in Connecticut.
I found the book to be very interesting because, not only does it provide a road map of management for newer managers, but it re-educates older experienced managers in the most up to date strategies.
Bruce is the first person to mention that there are no magic formulas in being a good manager, however, with the basic strategies that he covers, a good manager, through their own talents, can become a great manager using the strategies Bruce discusses.
Many of the strategies are ones that Bruce uses in his practice as a business coach, and strategies developed while he ran different businesses.
For anyone who is a business owner or running a business, I would suggest this read. In the book it is mentioned that most business owners don’t consider themselves good managers or they feel they don’t know enough about managing.
Any business owner who does $1-$150 million in annual sales, has 8-200 employees, is family owned and may be facing growth or succession issues, should read this book.
What I really enjoyed about the book is the small details that Bruce covers which are needed to build a successful business. These are details which are not normally discussed in detail. The book covers the importance of them. These are the small details that make all the difference in the world of a business’ success, and Bruce covers them extremely well. For example:
- Overcoming communication breakdowns
- Dealing with levels of incompetence
- Fitting family members into the business
- Retaining good employees
- Building a workable succession plan