November 20, 2007

Staff Picks: New Excerpt - from Beat the System

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 2:30 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

There's a new excerpt up on the Excerpts blog. It's taken from Chapter 2 of Beat the System: 11 Secrets to Building an Entrepreneurial Culture in a Bureaucratic World by Robert W. Macdonald.
In this follow-up to his first book, Cheat to Win, Robert MacDonald shows professionals, business leaders, and entrepreneurs how to overcome the bureaucracy that smothers the innovative, entrepreneurial spirit essential to long-term business success.
Beat the System provides real-world advice for building an entrepreneurial culture in your entire organization, your department, or in your individual position.
A true entrepreneur is not determined by the measure of his or her results, but by how those results were attained. Being an entrepreneur is more about attitude than aptitude. There have been some very talented business managers who failed because they failed the test of entrepreneurialism. (We call them bureaucrats.) Likewise, there have been some people with very little apparent talent who achieve remarkable success as entrepreneurs. (These types are usually abysmal failures in a bureaucratic world.)
Entrepreneurialism is a way of living life, not a way of managing life. The real entrepreneur has a certain spirit, an elan and an approach to issues that is just different. And that is the key. In a system that demands sameness, the entrepreneur is willing to be different. Only by being different can things be made better. That is the philosophy at the heart of being an entrepreneur.

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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.