- Tapa dura: 192 páginas
- Editor: Amacom (1 de octubre de 2010)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 9780814416846
- ISBN-13: 978-0814416846
- ASIN: 0814416845
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Management? It’s Not What You Think! (Inglés) Tapa dura – 1 oct 2010
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."..cold water on a lot of fashionable management theory with a bracing dose of reality."-"Accounting Today" ."..collection of business nuggets...skewers jargon, game leaders and business school players, and various fads that are repackaged to become new fads." --"IE Industrial Engineer" ."..the most down-to-earth management book that I have laid hands on...I loved it!" --"Advance for Medical Laboratory Professional magazine" ..".the most down-to-earth management book that I have laid hands on...I loved it!" --Advance for Medical Laboratory Professional magazine "It's a collection of short, opinionated, often-funny pieces from a wide variety of sources that throws cold water on a lot of fashionable management theory with a bracing dose of reality." --Accounting Today ..".collection of business nuggets...skewers jargon, game leaders and business school players, and various fads that are repackaged to become new fads." --IE Industrial Engineer
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Alot of things have been said about management over the years: that it’s an art, not a science; that it’s a science, filled with “best practices” and systematic steps anyone can use to get great results; that it’s the fuel that powers successful organizations. Only one thing is for sure: there is no one, easy definition of whatever it is that managers do!
Henry Mintzberg, one of today’s most respected and controversial thinkers on management, has joined forces with other leading business figures to provide a provocative and unusual mix of writing on management. Management? It’s Not What You Think! gets readers thinking as they never have before about the practice of management. Readers will find differing perspectives and plenty of food for thought―on topics in clud ing management terminology and buzz words; myths and maxims; MBAs; management fads; leadership; strategy; and much more.
Presenting articles, book and journal excerpts, letters, web selections, and musings, these pieces will have readers pondering, laughing, and sometimes even crying (for poor old manage ment itself!). This irreverent, highly relevant, and insightful book will inspire managers of all types, spark debate, and renew their passion and interest in doing what they do best… managing.Ver Descripción del producto
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The material certainly achieves its specified objective: "to get us all thinking again. Opening perspectives on this fascinating business of management, for managers themselves, those who work with managers, and anyone who aspires to join their ranks." Some of the chapter titles correctly indicate a tone of irreverence that pervades the text:
"Accenture's next champion of waffle words," Lucy Kellaway
"PowerPoint is evil," Edward Tufte
"The opposite of profound truth is also true," Richard Farson
"Why most managers are plagiarists," Kellaway again
"'Change management' is an oxymoron," Jim Clemmer
"Ye gods, what do I do now?" Ian Hamilton
"Managing without managers," Ricardo Semler
In Semler's contribution, excerpted from his HBR article (September/October 1989), he explains that his company in Brazil, Semco "doesn't have systems or staff functions or analysts or anything like that. What we have people who either sell or make, and there's nothing in between. Is there a marketing department? Not on your life. Marketing is everybody's problem. Everybody knows the price of the products. Everybody knows the cost. Everybody has the monthly statement that says exactly what each of them makes, how much bronze is costing us, how much overtime we paid, all of it. And the employees know that 23% of the after-tax profit is theirs.
"...Employees can paint the walls any color they like. They can come to work whenever they decide. They can wear whatever clothing makes them comfortable. They can do whatever the hell they want. It's up to them to see the connection between productivity and profit and act on it."
I think Mintzberg and his collaborators thus end the book in an especially appropriate way, deferring to Ricardo Semler and then to an observation by Aesop (620-560 BC); "After all is said and done, more is said than done." In less than 130 pages, the reader is provided with a wide variety of perspectives and a wealth of unconventional insights such as those found in the Semler contribution.
Those who share my high regard for this book are urged to check out the resources provided as a "References" section at the end of each chapter. There are some real "gems" among them, many of which I was previously unaware.
The articles challenge us to think about conventional theory. They challenge us to think.
Lots of impressive contributors like Jim Clemmer, Edward Tufte, Raymond Smullyan and Lucy Kellaway.
Although the book is not a humor book, one of the stories is cute and sharing it does not ruin the book:
"Air Maple Leaf today announced that the office of the President, CEO and the Chairman will be outsourced as of April 30, for the remainder of the fiscal year and beyond.
"At the end of the day, the cost savings will be quite significant," says Air Maple Leaf spokesperson. "We simply can no longer afford this inefficiency and remain competitive on the world stage", he said.
Rahdpoor Nahassbaalapan, 23, of Indus Teleservices, Numbai, India, will be assuming the office of President, Chairman and CEO as of May 1. He will receive a salary of $360 Canadian a month with proportional benefits. Mr. Nahassbaalapan will maintain his office in India and will be working primarily at night, due to the time difference between Canada and India.
"I am excited to serve in this position," Mr. Nahassbaalapan stated in an exclusive interview. "I always knew that my career at the Air Maple Leaf call center would lead to great things."
An Air Maple Leaf spokes person noted that Mr. Nahassbaalapan has extensive experience in public speaking and has been given the CEO's script Tree to enable him to answer any question without having the understand the issues."
It is short (126 pages) and because each article is stand alone, it can easily be read a bit at a time.