All I Know About Management I Learned from My Dog: The Real Story of Angel, a Rescued Golden Retriever, Who Inspired the New Four Golden Rules of Management

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When 91-year-old legendary management guru Martin Levin decided to adopt a dog by the name of Angel, he thought he was in for an interesting experience, yet not a challenging one. It didn’t take long for him to learn that he was wrong. Very wrong. Following one of the guiding mantras of his life to never stop learning, Levin found that each day with his dog brought new insights. Through interacting with Angel, he began to recall some personal adventures that added to this insight. And as it turned out, his ...

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Overview

When 91-year-old legendary management guru Martin Levin decided to adopt a dog by the name of Angel, he thought he was in for an interesting experience, yet not a challenging one. It didn’t take long for him to learn that he was wrong. Very wrong. Following one of the guiding mantras of his life to never stop learning, Levin found that each day with his dog brought new insights. Through interacting with Angel, he began to recall some personal adventures that added to this insight. And as it turned out, his journey led him toward realizing the Four Golden Rules of Management:

      Rule 1: Trust and Leadership
      Rule 2: Communication
      Rule 3: Problem Solving and Decision Making
      Rule 4: Perseverance

In the end, Levin found that his Four Golden Rules of Management were so simple that even Angel understood them. Thus, if a manager can develop trust, it will lead to corporate excellence, provided he or she is able to communicate effectively, make the right strategic decisions, and, above all, persevere. Levin’s book is one to entertain, inspire, and educate business executives (and dog lovers).

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Editorial Reviews

Ken Blanchard
“I think every leader should have a dog—they keep us grounded and reduce stress. My dog, Joy, is the light of my life. And Martin
Levin’s delightful dog, Angel, has helped him discover surprising parallels between owning a dog and effective leadership: You sometimes have to earn trust. Clear communication is essential.
Most problems can be solved with determination and a caring heart. And perseverance leads to success. This book, like Angel, is an unexpected treasure.”
Library Journal
This is a business parable centered around the adoption and care of a golden retriever named Angel. After his wife's death, Levin, who worked in book publishing and law, adopted a 12-year-old dog from the ASPCA and spent the next two years rehabilitating it from a scared animal into a happy companion. Along the way, he realizes the methods used in helping his dog correlated to those in managing and rehabilitating businesses. Levin reduces his methodology to four main rules covering the relationship of trust and leadership, how to communicate, the importance of problem solving and decision making, and the value of perseverance. The chapters fluctuate between stories about Angel and anecdotes about Harry Truman, Cesar Milan, Malcolm Gladwell, and Stephen King, among others. VERDICT At 128 pages, the book leaves readers wanting more. The stories of Levin and Angel and business lessons aren't given proper space to develop, and the book is more of a collection of stories than a cohesive path to better management. Though aimed at business readers, dog lovers might enjoy it more.—John Rodzvilla, Emerson Coll., Boston
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616083243
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/12/2011
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin Levin has decades of experience in law and publishing. In June 1999, Levin received the highest award for lifetime achievement in publishing given by the Association of American Publishers. He lives in Rye, New York.
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    Posted November 24, 2011

    I totally love this book.

    This book is the best ever you know i hope every body reads it

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