It's Not What You Think!

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Mintzberg (management studies, McGill U., Canada) et al. collect about 40 short articles, tips, quotes, and pieces of advice that challenge conventional ideas about management. The pieces address topics relating to the roles of managers, how words are used and misused in managing, problems with leadership, myths and popular maxims in the field, management education, creating change, and how to manage more effectively. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Sit fifty managers down in a room---though why would you want to, right?---and you'll get fifty different answers as to what management is and what works best. Is it the ability to communicate? Inspire? Rally the troops in times of change? Masterfully oversee projects? Or one of a hundred other things?

More personally, how do you view yourself as a manager? Are you the conductor of a grand orchestra (trying to perform a symphony, but maybe occasionally straying into some jazz?) The President? A guidance counselor? A life coach? Or someone with a tiny little fire extinguisher, constantly running around and... well, you get the idea.

The point is, there are as many answers to what constitutes great---and bad---management as there are managers. One thing is for sure: considering and debating all the different management concepts and theories can be surprisingly fun...not to mention a way to spur on some good ideas about what you can put into practice yourself.

Management? It's not What You Think! collects plenty of food for thought, including articles and essays, book and journal excerpts, and even a little poetry, to jump start your managerial juices and get you thinking about your life's work...the grand journey you were chosen for at birth...the thing it says on your business card...the...well, whatever you do in the office all day. (Probably a mixture of all the above.)

Management? It's Not What You Think! is the perfect antidote to the constant stream of fashionable management trends, theories, and catchphrases---letting you mull over the insightful answers to what management really is for you.

Publisher: New York : AMACOM, c2010
ISBN: 9780814416846
Characteristics: x, 132 p. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Ahlstrand, Bruce W.
Lampel, Joseph


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