Martin P. Levin (author); ALL I KNOW ABOUT MANAGEMENT I LEARNED FROM MY DOG; Skyhorse Publishing (Nonfiction: Business & Economics) $19.95 ISBN: 9781616083243
Byline: Barry Silverstein
Two favorite topics in books these days are management and dogs -- so, Martin Levin must have thought, why not combine them.
The concept of learning management from a dog may not be as far-fetched as it sounds. Levin adopted a dog named Angel late in life and realized that "my best resource for managing Angel would be, unexpectedly, the six decades of experience I had had in a variety of management positions and the principles I had learned in the process." In turn, Levin's adventures with Angel led him to develop what he says are the four "Golden Rules" of management: Trust & Leadership, Communication, Problem Solving & Decision Making, and Perseverance.
Levin addresses the Golden Rules in the context of Angel, relating them loosely to business management principles. For example, in discussing Rule Three, Problem Solving & Decision Making, Levin writes that Angel has her own way of problem solving. He uses a stuck bone to illustrate, suggesting that Angel can identify alternatives ("Growling did not move the bone; try master") and come up with an action plan ("Run up and down to get attention and help. Master moves bone to the rug"). This is a novel way to demonstrate how human managers must solve problems.
Throughout the book, the author weaves Angel's tale with stories about his past work and life experiences, as well as people he has known. (Some, like Stephen King, will...