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About The Benevolent Dictator

Beating the competition is never easy. Neither is running the gauntlet of a business start-up, which not only is a major challenge but can often prove fatal. Success for both depends on being a...

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The Benevolent Dictator

Michael Feuer’s columns

Feuer radio appearance focuses on business people’s biggest mistakes

Michael Feuer made a guest appearance on an NPR broadcast interviewed by Cleveland Plain Dealer reporters. The show originated on 89.7 WSKU and rebroadcast on 26 other NPR stations.

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Feuer talks business on The Career Clinic radio program

Hear Michael Feuer discuss business and tips for success on The Career Clinic radio talk show

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SLIDE SHOW: Inside Building a Fortune 500 Co.

As the co-founder of OfficeMax, Michael Feuer learned a thing or two about launching and running a successful company. In The Benevolent Dictator, he serves up an array of advice on empowering your employees, building your business, and outwitting the competition. Here are four lessons.

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Interview: Why the best leaders shun management by consensus

Michael Feuer, co-founder and former CEO of OfficeMax, is author of the book, “The Benevolent Dictator: Empower Your Employees, Build Your Business and Outwit Your Competitors.” Feuer spoke with Don Tennant about why a “benevolent dictator” is a better leader than one who gets bogged down in consensus building and over-analysis.

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Column: The dumbest farmers grow the biggest potatoes

There’s an advantage being the mild-mannered farmer with that “aw shucks” persona in business. Michael Feuer explains what that is, and why it may just be the best role to play.

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Video: Outwitting the Competetion

If you want to outwit the competition, sometimes you have to let them believe they’re the smartest one in the room. Sometimes that means playing the dumb farmer in order to grow the biggest potatoes. (Click read more for video) …

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Column: Stop problems before they start

How to trust your instincts and not let the egg crack

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Column: An exaggerated sense of your own importance can stifle new ideas

As an executive, do you walk down the hall of your office, store or factory with your head down, lips sealed and eyes riveted to the floor? If you do, you’re creating a barrier that is sending signals that say, …

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Column: Second thoughts can be a good thing

In his March 2011 column for Smart Business, Michael Feuer points out that second thoughts are necessary in business, but timing is everything. He encourages evaluation in “that time between an idea’s inception and the launch of implementation” to confirm …

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