Simply Managing

What Managers Do-- and Can Do Better

Henry Mintzberg (Author)

Publication date: 07/30/2013

Bestseller over 20,000+ copies sold

Simply Managing
This is a simplified, shortened, and updated version of the definitive title on management (Managing, which has sold over 70,000 copies) from management legend and best-selling author Henry Mintzberg.The Essence of Managing

Henry Mintzberg appreciates that managers are busy people. So he has taken his classic book Managing, done some updating, and distilled its essence into a lean 176 pages of text.

The essence of the book remains the same: what Mintzberg learned from observing twenty-nine managers in settings ranging from a refugee camp to a symphony orchestra.
Simply Managing considers the intense dynamics of this job as well as its inescapable conundrums, for example:

• How is anyone supposed to think, let alone think ahead, in this frenetic job?
• Are leaders really more important than managers?
• Where has all the judgment gone?
• Is email destroying management practice?
• How can managers connect when their job disconnects them from what they are managing?

If you read only one book about managing, this should be it!

Read more and meet author below



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This is a simplified, shortened, and updated version of the definitive title on management (Managing, which has sold over 70,000 copies) from management legend and best-selling author Henry Mintzberg.The Essence of Managing

Henry Mintzberg appreciates that managers are busy people. So he has taken his classic book Managing, done some updating, and distilled its essence into a lean 176 pages of text.

The essence of the book remains the same: what Mintzberg learned from observing twenty-nine managers in settings ranging from a refugee camp to a symphony orchestra.
Simply Managing considers the intense dynamics of this job as well as its inescapable conundrums, for example:

• How is anyone supposed to think, let alone think ahead, in this frenetic job?
• Are leaders really more important than managers?
• Where has all the judgment gone?
• Is email destroying management practice?
• How can managers connect when their job disconnects them from what they are managing?

If you read only one book about managing, this should be it!

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Meet the Author


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After studying mechanical engineering at McGill University, Henry Mintzberg worked in Operational Research at the Canadian National Railways before receiving his Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees from the Sloan School of Management at MIT. He has been at the McGill University Faculty of Management ever since--in recent years as Cleghorn Professor of Management Studies--aside from visiting professorships at Carnegie Mellon University, Universite d'Aix-Marseille, Ecole des Hautes etudes commerciales of Montreal, London Business School, and Insead. He has also received fifteen honorary degrees from universities around the world.

Henry Mintzberg has received awards from prominent academic and practitioner associations, including the Academy of Management, the Strategic Management Society, and the Association of Management Consulting Firms. He was the first person from a management faculty named to the Royal Society of Canada, and is an Officer of the Order of Canada and l'Ordre national du Quebec.

He has been devoting much of his time in recent years to the development of a family of programs in which managers learn by reflecting in small groups on their own experience. These including the International Masters in Practicing Management (www.impm.org), and the International Masters for Health Leadership (www.imhl.info), and the Advanced Leadership Program (www.impm-alp.com). This led to the establishment of www.CoachingOurselves.com, which enables groups of managers to learn in this way and drive change in their own workplace.

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Table of Contents

Welcome to Simply Managing
1--Managing Beyond the Myths
What management is and isn't
Leadership versus communityship 
Management as a practice, not a profession 
Managing's not changing
2--Managing Relentlessly
The pressures of managerial work
The pace, the action, the interruptions 
Soft communicating 
Managing across, not just “down” 
Managing as controlled disorder 
Managing the Internet
3--Managing Information, People, Action
A model of managing
Controlling and communicating 
Leading and linking 
Doing and dealing 
Well-rounded managing
4--Managing Every Which Way
The untold varieties of managing
In culture, sector, industry, and organization 
At the top, middle, and bottom 
As an art, craft, and science 
Postures of managing
Managing beyond the manager
5--Managing on Tightropes
The inescapable conundrums of managing
The syndrome of superficiality
The dilemma of delegating
The mysteries of measuring
The clutch of confidence
The ambiguity of acting—and others
6--Managing Effectively
Getting to the essence of managing
The inevitably flawed manager
Happily and unhappily managed organizational families
A framework for effectiveness
Selecting, assessing, and developing effective managers
Managing naturally
Dedication
References
Index
About the Author

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Endorsements

Winner of the Chartered Management Institute's Management Book of the Year award.

One of
strategy+business magazine's top three management books of the year.

One of the
Toronto Globe and Mail's top ten business books of the year:
“Henry Mintzberg is a fine writer, with a penchant for humor.”

One of Choice magazine's top ten outstanding books of the year:
“Mintzberg does not accept conventional wisdom—he challenges it constantly…erudite as well as practical.”

One of
Library Journal's top business books of the year.

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