Secret 26: Beekeeping and Leadership

Excerpted from Zingerman’s Guide to Good Leading, Part 2:
A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to Being a Better Leader
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As author Michael Gerber writes in E-Myth Mastery, “The technician goes to work in his business. The entrepreneur goes to work on his business.” He has the right idea. While Managing by Pouring Water (Secret 25) is, essentially, a way to make working in your business for a couple of hours particularly productive, Secret 26 is all about the work we can and need to do on it. This essay explores over a dozen reasons why beekeeping is a great metaphor for management. The idea of "being the beekeeper" might be the small bit of mental boost that could help keep a couple of well-meaning managers and business owners from working solely in the business. So, go on, be the beekeeper!

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