December 6, 2004

Excerpts: Herb's Hints - Part II

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 1:46 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture


Everyone has their own way of doing things, and Im no different. The following seven principles are truths that have guided me through my career, and helped me achieve my goals. You may like some of them and you may not like others, but theyve all worked for me.
This plan is something I refer to as my Road to a Better Business Life, and its helped me in the process of turning around some of Americas greatest companies. My plan isnt based on years of surveying business leaders about their innermost thoughts, and there arent any charts or graphs to back it up. Im not a business consultant, nor a management guru, and Im not even a celebrity CEO whos likely to appear on the cover of Fortune. But I do have more than twenty years of leadership under my belt, and these are the seven basic principles that have worked for me.
  1. Surround Yourself with People Who Challenge You
  2. Tell It Like It Is, Even if It Hurts
  3. Marketing Is the World
  4. Dont Fall Victim to the Popularity Contest
  5. Knowledge Is Power
  6. Know When to Walk Away
  7. The Early Bird Really Does Get the Worm

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.