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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (5 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849833230
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849833233
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 995,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This amazing book captures in vivid detail Warren Buffett's most important management secrets, allowing the reader to take action with their new knowledge. Mary Buffett and David Clark have again shown their ability to reveal Warren's thought processes better than any other authors." -- John P. Reese, CEO, Validea Capital Management, and author of "The Guru Investor" --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Mary Buffett is an international bestselling author and speaker on the investment methods of Warren Buffett. She gained her unique insight while married to Warren's son Peter for twelve years. David Clark holds degrees in both finance and law, and in the late seventies was the founding member of the original Buffettologists - a small group of early Berkshire shareholders who studied the investment methods of Warren Buffett. He is now the Managing Director of a private partnership that invests primarily in arbitrage situations.

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By Peter Wade VINE VOICE on 16 Feb. 2010
Format: Hardcover
Bank on the tried and true

I thought one of the most successful investors in history might have somehting interesting to say abut management and I was right.

It is broken down into five steps and thirty chapters.

Step One Pick the right business to work with

Chapter one How to find the kid of business that offers the greatest career opportunities

Brand names produce a produce that doesn't have to change ,such as Coca Cola Some have a durable competitive advantage. ,

Chapter 2 Three quick tests for identifying the best company to work for.

1 Pre share earnings test. Check the last ten years to see if there is an upward trend This shows a competitive advantage.
2 the debt test
3 The gross margin test. interestingly he likes coca col with a gross margin of 60% whereas United Airlines have 17%

Some companies have profit margins that are too low but they can still be sustainable such as Walmart but many fail on that point because of the amount of investment that is need to make a profit such as airlines.

Delegation

His secret of delegation is to delegate almost to the point of abdication. They then treat the businesses as their own.

find the right manager for the job.

Work at a job you love.

Chapter 18 Speak ot the other persons wants and needs.

I wont go through every point the makes but they are all valid.

The first two are the most powerful that is find a buiness that is sustainable and testing it for its ability to make money.

He obviously buys a lot of companies which he doe snot run himself so he needs to delegate, find managers and get them to do jobs they love.
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There's very little of any great value to normal folk in this book. For example. the first chapter suggests ways that you can tell if a company is worth buying, which boils down to if they make a steady long term profit, and aren't in an industry that's likely to change that. If I'm ever in the position of considering to buy a company, and I'm not holding my breath, then I'll probably be able to work out that much for myself.

Early on, the book gives several examples of the "right" kind of company, name-checking them in the style of "if you want X, then you really want company Y". You know that company Y paid handsomely to be promoted by Warren Buffett, and that he more than likely has an investment in them that's bound to go up due to that product placement.

You have to wade through the self-congratulatory "Warren is a genius", "Warren is the 2nd richest man in the world", "More CEOs report to Warren than any other manager" nonsense in the search for nuggets of information, and when you find them, they're not worth finding. But that's the point - this shameless self-promotion is designed to benefit him far more than it ever will you. When you realise that, you'll understand why he's rich.
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You won't find any revolutionary information here if you have already managerial experience and read respective literature.

It's about notorious basics:

- Find a Job You Love and You'll Never Work a Day in Your Life
- Dont borrow money, dont live above your financial possibilities, dont create debt etc
- Delegate as much as possible, and follow up on major things
- Invest in depression, sell on grow
- Listen your managers, surround yourself with good advisers etc

If you have never had a management book in your hands, you can start with this one. But for "newers" it's too hightflyer (how young independants can use advise "invest in companies in depression"???), and for middle-management these advises are too obvious.

Another thing that bothers me, the way Mary reads each paragraph "Warren believes..", "Warren hires...", "Warren does...". We know that all these ideas come from Mr. Buffet, why should she reminds it every minute?
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Mary's clear writing style enables readers to get to grips with the philosophy of Mr Buffett with ease. The book features no stock analysis charts or anything that is too in depth, with each of Mary's books the emphasis is clearly on the theory behind Warren's success. This does not detract from the book, in fact it suits the style, each of the books can be read in a day, and are great for dipping in and refreshing the mind. Overall great little books full of wisdom, anybody wanting more in-depth technical analysis for stock or share investing will benefit from another, perhaps slightly academic, book alongside this one.
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Pretty disappointed with this. A large chunk of the book basically rehashes content from How to Win Friends and Influence People, as Dale Carnegie, who wrote this was apparently a big influence on Buffet early on. There are a few "nuggets" but they aren't worth the price I paid for this. To give you an idea how brief the book is, I finished it in less than 2 hours and I am not a particularly fast reader.
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