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His advice is very pedestrian and generic. If you change a few words here and there, it might sound like an entry-level course in management or entrepreneurship.

I say this not to criticize the author, but to marvel at its implications about the TV industry: These huge, multi-million dollar productions are often being run by people who do not understand basic principles of management.

My experience as a manager is the exact opposite. This piece reminds me of the head-slapping simplicity of How to Win Friends and Influence People. It seems so obvious when it’s spelled out this clearly, but it’s so utterly not obvious and widely ignored in practice in all types of leadership and management situations. You absolutely won’t hear this stuff at business seminars, because it’s very dressed down and plain and common sense. It’s not high concept thought leadership drivel.

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