A half century ago Peter Drucker put management on the map. Leadership has since pushed it off. Henry Mintzberg aims to restore management to its proper place: front and center. "We should be seeing managers as leaders." Mintzberg writes, "and leadership as management practiced well."
This landmark book draws on Mintzberg's observations of twenty-nine managers, in business, government, health care, and the social sector, working in settings ranging from a refugee camp to a symphony orchestra. What he saw--the pressures, the action, the nuances, the blending--compelled him to describe managing as a practice, not a science or a profession, learned primarily through experience and rooted in context.
But context cannot be seen in the usual way. Factors such as national culture and level in hierarchy, even personal style, turn out to have less influence than we have traditionally thought. Mintzberg looks at how to deal with some of the inescapable conundrums of managing, such as, How can you get in deep when there is so much pressure to get things done? How can you manage it when you can't reliably measure it?
This book is vintage Mintzberg: iconoclastic, irreverent, carefully researched, myth-breaking. Managing may be the most revealing book yet written about what managers do, how they do it, and how they can do it better.
Hated this book. Mintzberg seems to have lost touch with reality. Management has evolved a lot more than he seems to write about since he wrote his last book, something that can happen with scholars when they only concentrate in theory and not practice. I found the drawing and jokes to be a wasteless effort to rail the reader into his management techniques and reading, however, it was a fruitless effort on his part and the publisher. I do not recommend this book to anyone who wants to expand their knowledge about management and leadership. There are definitely better books out there on the topic. Conclusion: Mintzberg needs to reinvent himself.
Great book: confirms the saying that a good book is the best way to learn the best from somebody else's life! Pragmatic approach to improve your management skills.
Definitely not worth paying $14.95 for. If this book is a representation of what we get for $14.95 and only saving $5-$7 on hardback then I hope the publishers lower the prices back to $9.
Managing, believes scholar Henry Mintzberg, is different from leading. To study which skills are essential to good management, Mintzberg spent an entire day one-on-one with 29 managers from different kinds of organizations and from different sectors - including banking, retail, filmmaking, government, nonprofits and healthcare. Mintzberg looked at managers who worked in the executive suites as well as on the front lines. He learned that although managers differ considerably in their activities, the skills they need are surprisingly similar. Although quite general and not entirely new, getAbstract recommends this comprehensive guide to managers, executive placement experts, consultants, students and others who wish to get back to basics and to develop the traits essential to becoming an effective, able manager.
Henry Minzberg continues to slam dunk in the management field with this his latest gem. It's always a relief to read a book and not get guilty about my perceived short comings in managing practice. Thank you, Henry - keep them coming.