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Michael Scott’s School of Management

Ankur Chawla | Thursday, April 28, 2011

An era will end this Thursday when Michael Scott (Steve Carell) leaves “The Office.” Always an incredible motivator, hard worker and leader, Michael taught his dedicated fans not only how to be the world’s best boss, but also practical lessons in management that our top ranked business program could add to its syllabus. Here’s a brief rundown of Michael Scott’s Top Ten Keys to Success in Business.

10. “You have to play to win, but you have to win to play”

Michael Scott after attending a Tony Robbins lecture … well actually a lecture about buying his tapes.

9. Celebrate everything

It’s important to boost morale with surprises and parties, especially when the devil from HR is leaving forever.

8. An office is a family

Michael genuinely loved all of his workers, sometimes too much. In his 9,876,000 minutes at Dunder Mifflin, he unified his workers in marriage, on the basketball court and elsewhere.

7. Safety First

Don’t start a fire with your cheesy-pita.

6. Control the story before the story owns you

Otherwise the Scranton Times gets its hands on it, then Newsweek and YouTube.

5. Don’t be an idiot

Looking at you, Dwight.

4. “Adapt, react, readapt, act”

On going outside after the fire alarm goes off

3. “Don’t ever, for any reason, do anything to anyone, for any reason, ever no matter what, no matter where or who or who you are with, or where you are going, or where you’ve been … Ever for any reason what-so-ever.”

Michael Scott, explaining to CFO David Wallace why his branch is succeeding while the rest of the company is going bankrupt.

2. The Bob Hope Factor

A solid sense of humor is key to being a good leader.

…and I will give the rest to you after lunch!