14: SECRECY Keep plans secret.

Close your door. Now lock it. This assumes you have a door to lock and aren’t trying to manage a global competitor out of a cubicle. There are daily conversations on issues ranging from pricing, to employee evaluations, competitive conflicts, customer problems and cash flow crises that should not be overheard by your employees. Keep your office off-limits. Never entertain unscheduled drop-ins, especially employees going around their superiors with an axe to grind. 50% of your time should be spent in other people’s offices, cars, homes and vacation retreats. When you’re with the troops - eat and sleep with the troops. Generate respect, not friendship. Employees quit and go to work for the competition. Black marks on a piece of paper don’t protect secrets. If you want to keep something secret, don’t tell anyone.