When I was in the UK last week, I read an article in the Sunday Times called The Good Manager. The article was a summary of management principles written 60 some years ago by WJ King in a book called "The Unwritten Laws of Business." The ideas are basic, but powerful. While it's unlikely that even the most gifted managers follow all the rules all of the time, they are good inspiration. Managing is not rocket science and just doing a good job on the basics can have a lot of impact. Rather than attempt to summarize the ideas, I encourage you to read the article in the Times.