episode 849

Five Steps to Better Management: Bestselling Author David Dodson on Entrepreneurship, Leadership, and His Latest Book The Manager’s Handbook

David Dodson is an entrepreneur, academic, and author. After graduating from Stanford Graduate School of Business, he served as a case writer. While in that post, he wrote the original course material for the search funds, which are investment vehicles in which investors financially support an entrepreneur's efforts to acquire and grow a privately held company. They were relatively new at the time. A year later, David raised his own search fund, which led to the purchase of a company in 1989. He subsequently raised two more search funds. David has since invested in more than 40 businesses and he's been a director of 21 different companies. David is also a lecturer in management at his alma mater, Stanford Graduate School of Business. His area of research includes, given his experience, entrepreneurial acquisition as well as management issues associated with growing enterprises, small and medium-sized acquired companies, and early-stage organizations. He synthesized his experiences and his research in his recent book, The Manager's Handbook: Five Simple Steps to Build a Team, Stay Focused, Make Better Decisions, and Crush Your Competition. February 26, 2024

849: In a world of work defined by remote employees, management skills are crucial for executives to retain talent, develop culture, and achieve success. In this episode of Technovation, host Peter High interviews David Dodson, a seasoned entrepreneur, author, and academic at Stanford Graduate School of Business, to discuss Dodson’s career journey, from his initial foray into investment vehicles called search funds to his ongoing involvement in over 40 businesses. Dodson highlights the importance of entrepreneurship through acquisition and shares the strategy behind the notable success of companies like Apple and Amazon. He also offers in-depth insight on critical skills for a leader gleaned from his book ‘The Manager’s Handbook: Five Simple Steps to Build a Team, Stay Focused, Make Better Decisions, and Crush Your Competition’. These skills include building teams, managing time, using advisors, sticking to priorities, and obsessing over quality. With real-world examples, Dodson highlights how these skills contribute to successful execution and, ultimately, business success.

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This episode is sponsored by Codeium and ASAPP.

The World Class IT principles in yellow were the focus of this interview

  • 01 1- People
  • 02 2- Infrastructure
  • 03 3- Project and Portfolio Management
  • 04 4- IT & Business Partnership
  • 05 5- External Partnerships

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