Monday, May 24, 2021

Sam Zell's success in business in seven rules

Reread the classic business book by Sam Zell, Am I Being Too Subtle? Straight Talk From a Business Rebel. He is not a subtle guy. He is not conventional, but you have to respect him for his honesty, straightforward approach to business, and his willingness to have fun. The last chapter of the book outlines his key points for success. 

I am getting older, but I will always benefit from focusing on his advice. I am planning to give this book to a newly minted college graduate in our family He will benefit from following these rules which are not often learned in classrooms. There are no business secrets here rather many of his points focus on the under-appreciated idea of character.  

1. Be ready to pivot.

2. Keep it simple. 

3. Be the lead dog 

4. Do the right thing.

5. Shem Tov - Maintain your good name

6. Prize loyalty. 

7. Obey the eleventh commandment - Don't take yourself seriously 

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