The Power of Smart Friends

I talked to a business man the other day, and gathered that he was probably a Republican. He was talking about some of the great businessmen in American history, and mentioned Andrew Carnegie — the absurdly successful steel mill owner at the turn of the century. The legend behind Andrew Carnegie’s success is this: He knew very little about steel production, or business ownership, or pretty much anything that he was supposed to be in charge of. But what he did know was how to surround himself with experts and empower them to make decisions. He knew how to leverage the power of intelligent people, he didn’t try to do things himself, and that’s how he succeeded.This business man I was talking to went on to make a modern-day comparison. “I don’t care if you like his politics or not,” he said, “but you have to agree that George W. Bush does the same thing.” I laughed. He was right.

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2 Responses to “The Power of Smart Friends”

  1. Lin Says:

    Except Carnegie was smart enough to hire his experts. In our president’s case, his ‘experts’ came first and then they decided who would make the best puppet and they found him.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    My, what a good rebuttal that is… :)