Rules of Management

If leadership is about vision, management is about planning how to achieve that vision – It’s about doing what needs to be done effectively, efficiently and with a degree of certainty.

My Six Rules of Management

1 Think SMART – goals that are (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timebound) this is essential for management.

2 Management is about creating agreed results as effectively and efficiently as possible, within (and possibly beating) any agreed-upon budget

3 Management is about continually improving what you’ve got. Doing it faster, cheaper and where relevant to a higher quality

4 Increase certainty and lower risk

5 Remember the power of 3. The 3 key outcomes to achieve in a year, in a month, in a week and in a day.

6 Team members need clarity. Again quoting Patrick Lencioni in his book: The Advantage, Enhanced Edition, each team member needs to be able to answer :

  • why are we here?
  • how do we behave?
  • what do we do?
  • how will we succeed?
  • what is most important right, now?
  • who does what?


In the next section we explore ‘The Rules of Action‘.


NLP Leadership Section Index

NLP Leadership 1: Leadership, management, action and review
NLP Leadership 2: Rules of Leadership
NLP Leadership 3: Management
NLP Leadership 4: Action
NLP Leadership 5: Review
NLP Leadership 6: Summary


Leadership, Management, Action and Review

NLP Management | Rules of Management