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October 28, 2005

News & Opinion: TOC - Fast Company's The Rules of Business

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 12:57 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Currency Doubleday has a book out now from the editors and writers of Fast Company called The Rules of Business: 55 Essential Ideas to Help Smart People (and Organizations) Perform At Their Best. The book is organized into 22 chapters that each have an introduction followed by quotes and from the past nine years.
Here is a sample from me just randomly opening to pages in the book:
"No person or firm will ever achieve greatness without an outrageous objective." - Bill Davison, founder, MESA Research
"Best practices usually aren't" - Christopher Locke, co-author, Cluetrain Manifesto
"My advice to young entrepreneurs? Don't be quick to run out and start a business. Young people today think they'll miss their big chance if they don't get involved in a startup immediately. But what many people don't recognize is that the basic skills of building a company are the same as they were 20 years ago: Know how to create customers, deliver on your promises, and keep your costs lower than your revenue. The problem is that many people are simply too inexperienced to start their own business." -Frank Greene, founding partner, New Vista Capital
"The worst sound in your business is silence. That means they don't care." - Vince McMahon, World Wrestling Entertainment
It is definitely a best of FC. I have put the Table of Contents below the fold if you are interested in seeing the topics they cover.

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.