Michael Scott's Management Secrets

By Kevin Fallon

After six years as Regional Manager of Dunder Mifflin Paper Company, Steve Carell's Michael Scott will lead his last time-wasting conference room meeting on The Office tonight. The Golden Globe-winning actor is exiting the NBC series, taking with him a character whose questionable leadership methods and boundary-crossing interest in his employees' personal lives made for some of the best comedy of the past decade.

But was there brilliance buried beneath Michael's inappropriate, highly unorthodox business practices? During his time leading the Scranton branch of Dunder Mifflin, the office achieved unlikely success—avoiding downsizing, outlasting a major buy-out, and surviving countless catastrophes.

With that in mind, here are the "best" management secrets from Michael Scott:


See also "'The Office': Why the American Remake Beats the British Original"

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