Book Review: E-Myth Manager by Michael Gerber

E-Myth Manager is a book that seeks to lead managers break common management dysfunction by encouraging every manager to be his own Emporer/Entrepreneur within his/her organization.  There are some pretty decent takeaways/applications for the COG as a denomination and for every pastor looking to bring out the best in his/her church, people, and organization.

You certainly don’t have to agree with everything.  But, there are certainly some great takeaways for leaders looking to take their organization/church into new territory.

Check out the 4 page bulleted summary of the book here.

If you want a brief review, some of my favorite takeaways were:

  • Becoming truly impartial is what enlivens people to reach beyond their means.
  • When you attempt to manage someone, you attempt to enforce intellectual reason upon an irrational organism, creating polarity…ultimately creating resistance, which leads to conflict, and ultimately and “us vs. them” mentality.
  • Innovation without quantification is deadly.
  • Hannah Aendt, “A Report on the Banality of Evil” – Eichmann in Jerusalem: The nature of every bureaucracy is to make functionaries and mere cogs in the administrative machinery out of men, and thus to dehumanize them.
  • Never create a position for a person.
  • Organize work across the organization in one fell swoop as a comprehensive system of work.
  • An E-Myth Manager knows that you don’t organize people, you organize work.
  • Create systems first, positions second.
  • A CONSCIOUS ORGANIZATION seeks intelligence.
  • AN UNCONSCIOUS ORGANIZATION seeks solutions.
  • Most managers don’t want the truth; the truth can be dangerous because if it is a truth that you don’t want to hear, you’re stuck with the fact of it.
  • Once the truth is out, you have to do something about it.
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