Wednesday 13 January 2016

Have you retired the term manager?

Long ago I declared management (in the sense of command and control etc) dead.

Since 1991 I have been helping my clients to embrace management as the practice of making it simple for people to deliver value through bringing their very best to their work every day.

In some cases this means helping to retire the term manager, which according to this article by Verne Harnish is now a trend.

I carry out the work above within the context of what I see as the essence of real leadership - it's the art of ensuring people feel valued.

In my experience when people feel valued they live values and deliver value.

Valued, Values and Value are the theatre of modern business. In this new world there's no place for old management.

Have you retired the term manager?

Recently I decided not to renew my membership of the Australian Institute of Management (AIM) where I have been a Fellow for more than a decade. I certainly have nothing against AIM and agonised over my decision, yet felt I could no longer continue given my firm stance against anything that even smells like old management.

The Wall Street Journal recently ranked Gary Hamel as the world’s most influential business thinker, and Fortune magazine has called him “the world’s leading expert on business strategy.” Below are some of his insights:

The ideology of management - controlism; and a hundred years later, it remains the philosophical cornerstone of virtually every large-scale human organisation.

You can't build an organisation that's fit for the future around an ideology that preemptively and structurally empowers the few while disempowering the many.

People don't want to be controlled, appraised, performance managed or any of the other soul destroying practices associated with old management. Retiring the term manager is one way to take a stand and show people you are embracing the new world of work for real.

If you'd like help retiring the term manager and embracing the countless benefits of doing so for you and your employees, please call me on +61 418 807 898.

Be remarkable.

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