Beat The System: 11 Secrets to Building an Entrepreneurial Culture in a Bureaucratic World

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John Wiley & Sons, Jan 18, 2008 - Business & Economics - 240 pages
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Smart guidelines for building flexible, innovative companies

Beat the System is a follow-up to Robert MacDonald's controversial but successful first book, Cheat to Win. Packed with proven, real-life advice, Beat the System shows readers how to deal with the bureaucracy that can smother the creativity and entrepreneurship essential to long-range business success. Beat the System teaches readers how to beat the bureaucratic system by building entrepreneurial cultures in their businesses, their departments, or even their individual jobs. MacDonald skillfully describes how business cultures develop, how bureaucratic procedures and processes seep into them, and how to build an entrepreneurial culture even as we live in a bureaucratic world. At the heart of his system are practical steps that create a sense of ownership among employees, invites their participation, creates a common mission, fosters an entrepreneurial atmosphere, and shares the rewards with all.

Robert W. MacDonald (Wayzata, MN) is a true visionary in the financial services industry who rose from a door-to-door insurance salesman to the CEO of Allianz Life of North America. He was also the founder, CEO, and chairman of LifeUSA.
 

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Contents

11 Secrets to Building an Entrepreneurial Culture in a Bureaucratic World Chapter 1 Bureaucracy The Enemy of Business Success
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11 Secrets to Building an Entrepreneurial Culture in a Bureaucratic World Chapter 2 The 11 Simple Secrets
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11 Secrets to Building an Entrepreneurial Culture in a Bureaucratic World Chapter 3 Secret 1 Build Parallel Interests
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11 Secrets to Building an Entrepreneurial Culture in a Bureaucratic World Chapter 4 Secret 2 Be an Architect of the Future
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11 Secrets to Building an Entrepreneurial Culture in a Bureaucratic World Chapter 5 Secret 3 Be Decisive Multifaceted and Ethical to a Fault
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11 Secrets to Building an Entrepreneurial Culture in a Bureaucratic World Chapter 6 Secret 4 Know the RiskMeasure the Reward
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11 Secrets to Building an Entrepreneurial Culture in a Bureaucratic World Chapter 7 Secret 5 CommunicationBe a Shower not a Teller
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11 Secrets to Building an Entrepreneurial Culture in a Bureaucratic World Chapter 8 Secret 6 Power to the People
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11 Secrets to Building an Entrepreneurial Culture in a Bureaucratic World Chapter 10 Secret 8 Sharing Wealth Increases Wealth
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11 Secrets to Building an Entrepreneurial Culture in a Bureaucratic World Chapter 11 Secret 9 Be Constant Consistent and Concise
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11 Secrets to Building an Entrepreneurial Culture in a Bureaucratic World Chapter 12 Secret 10 Treat Important People like Important People
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11 Secrets to Building an Entrepreneurial Culture in a Bureaucratic World Chapter 13 Secret 11 Do Simple ThingsBut Simply Do Them
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11 Secrets to Building an Entrepreneurial Culture in a Bureaucratic World Chapter 14 Building from the Inside Out Lessons Learned in Creating AIMS
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11 Secrets to Building an Entrepreneurial Culture in a Bureaucratic World Appendix Sample Memo to the Gods
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11 Secrets to Building an Entrepreneurial Culture in a Bureaucratic World Index
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11 Secrets to Building an Entrepreneurial Culture in a Bureaucratic World Chapter 9 Secret 7 Become a Trust Builder
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Robert W. MacDonald is a true visionary and business contrarian who rose from a door-to-door insurance salesman to the very pinnacle of the corporate world. He was the founder, CEO, and chairman of LifeUSA, a life insurance company which was formed in 1987 and sold to Allianz SE for $500 million. He retired as chairman and CEO of Allianz North America. He is also the author of Cheat to Win: The Honest Way to Break All the Dishonest Rules in Business.

For more information, please visit www.cheattowin.net.

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