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Management? It's not what you think!

Management? It's not what you think!

Henry Mintzberg, Bruce Ahlstrand, Joseph Lampel

Jul 2010, Paperback, 144 pages
ISBN13: 9780273719670
ISBN10: 027371967X
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"Henry Mintzberg's views are a breath of fresh air which can only encourage the good guys." The Observer

Tied up in knots by KPIs? Confused by core competencies? Management doesn’t have to be this way. In fact, it shouldn’t be!

One of today’ best-known and most controversial thinkers on management has joined forces with other leading business figures to provide a thought-provoking mix of writing on management. The cutting edge views depicted in this book are controversially the opposite of what is often held up as the truth in management.

Management? Its Not What you Think! brings readers an unusual mix of perspectives to help stimulate more creative management thinking and more enjoyable, challenging and more productive ways to lead their teams. This is a book readers can dip into, a book they can savour, a book that won’t fail to get them reflecting on what management really is…

Management? Think Again!

1) Management Mosaic

The Manager as Orchestra Conductor

Peter Drucker, Jan Carlson and Leonard Sayles

Management: Be careful what you think

Henry Mintzberg

What MANAGEMENT Says and What Managers Do

Albert Shapero

Management and Magic

Martin l. Gimpl and Stephen R. Dakin

2) Management of Meaning

Problems, problems, problems


Waffle Words

Lucy Kellaway


PowerPoint is Evil

Edward Tufte

Planning as Public Relations

Henry Mintzberg

The Opposite of a Profound Truth is also True

R. Farson

Systematic Buzz Word Generator

Lew Gloin

3) Misleading Management

There are no Leaders, There is only Leadership

Richard Farson

Conversations from a Corner Office

John Mackeytalks with Kai Ryssdal

A Star Executive Does Not Make a Company

John Kay

Rules for being a heroic leader

Henry Mintzberg

A Descent in the Dark

R.R. Reno

Leadership and Communityship

Henry Mintzberg

4) Myths of Managing

Outsourcing the Outsourcers

Spotting Management Fads

Danny Miller

Musings on Management

Henry Mintzberg

To Err is Human

Spyros G. Makridakis

CEOs: Some gamblers

Henry Mintzberg

5) Maxims of Managing

Laws and Rules from A to Z


Parkinson’s Law

Cyril Northcote Parkinson

Maxims in Need of a Makeover

Justin Ewers

Why Most Managers are Plagiarists

Lucy Kellaway

6)Masters of Managing?

Managers Not MBAs (excerpts)

Henry Mintzberg

Harvard’s Masters of the Apocalypse

Phillip Devies Broughton

Games Business Schools Play

Andrew J. Policano

7) Metamorphosing Management

“Change Management” is an Oxymoron

Jim Clemmer

Senior Managers Aren’t Cooks, They’re Ingredients

David K. Hurst

Staying on track

Backing Into a Brilliant Strategy

Richard Pascale

A Parable of Modern Change

Crafting Strategy

Henry Mitnzberg

Wither our Wiki, Worldly, Wounded World

Jonathan Gosling

8) Managing Modestly

Yee gods, what do I do now?

Ian Hamilton

A Long Overdue Letter to the Board

Henry Mintzberg

Here’s an Idea: Let Everyone Have Ideas

William C. Taylor

Managing Quietly

Henry Mintzberg

Managing Without Managers

Ricardo Semler

"Henry Mintzberg is perhaps the world's premier management thinker" a Carlsberg-style endorsement of the author from Tom Peters, management guru

Henry Mintzberg is one of today's best-known and most controversial management thinkers. Currently Cleghorn Professor of Management Studies at McGill University in Montreal, he is always interesting and usually controversial and holds the management and strategy communities in thrall.

Bruce Ahlstrand likes to prospect for strategy gems in unlikely places - from the game of Texas Hold’em to the Greek tragedies. He has a D.Phil. from Oxford University and a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics. Bruce is the author is currently a professor of management at Trent University in Ontario, Canada.

Joe Lampel began his career believing that strategy is the answer, but has recently concluded that it may be the answer to the wrong question. He first began to suspect this terrible truth during the long journey that produced the first edition of Strategy Safari. Joe was awarded a PhD in management by McGill University for good behaviour.