Thursday, 16 January 2014

Management myths causing mischief, mayhem and mis-management

This is an interesting blog post by Stephen Lynch where he shares some myths and facts about management from Professor Bob Sutton from Stanford.

I would add to Professor Sutton’s myths and facts the great myth in my view management itself when it comes to people. People can’t be managed. This is a hangover from the industrial revolution and sadly there are still people out there who think management is about planning, organising, directing and controlling people. It isn’t. See my article Stop Trying To Manage People here.

My BS Workplaces manifesto may help you too. Remove the BS about people and management in your workplaces and watch your results soar.

We need real leadership and real management otherwise mischief, mayhem and mis-management will continue to rule.

Leadership in my view is the art of inspiring people to bring everything remarkable they are to everything they do. 

Leadership falters without management. 

Management is the practice of making it simple for people to bring everything remarkable they are to everything they do.

Leadership is about people. Management is about systems and processes. 

Get the harmony right for you between leadership and management and likely 2014 will be a great year for you. Get it wrong and disaster is a heart-beat away.

Be the difference you want to see in the world.
Ian
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