This landmark book draws on Henry Mintzberg's observations of 29 managers, in business, government, health care, and the social sector, working in settings ranging from a refugee camp to a symphony orchestra. What he saw - the pressures, the action, the nuances, the blending - compelled him to describe managing as a practice, not a science or a profession, learned primarily through experience and rooted in context.
This book is vintage Mintzberg: iconoclastic, irreverent, carefully researched, myth-breaking. Managing may be the most revealing book yet written about what managers do, how they do it, and how they can do it better.
Winner of the CMI Management Book of the Year!
©2009 Henry Mintzberg; (P)2009 BBC Audio
The most difficult thing is finding a lucid theorist in business. After Peter Drucker, it was difficult finding one. Mintzberg is a genious because he writes about the obvious -- all that other people didn't dare say. Lke: "You don't become a leader/manager in class." "Gurus become famous because they oversell their own side of the story, and real management is the sum total of all those sides." "American management is a failure, although it's the world standard -- the recent crises proved that." "You can't trust someone who works for incentives -- committed managers treat their companies as an extention of their lives." "Internet is overpromoted. Oral communication and concrete presence is the most powerful way of kwowing." "Internet and email fragments your work." "Strategic planning, objectives, adding value, shareholder value and all those concepts are awkward, unrealistic." "Management isn't controlling, planning or measuring. Management is practice."
Professor and Consultant in Strategic Project Management
I recommend. This is a must read book on management.
Mintzberg provides a fresh view of management as a practice.
His framework around information, people and action is pretty much helpful.
Of course. As a text book, Management has to be not only listened, but studied.
Do not apply.
Yes. Some times, the tone was a little dry and not so interesting.
Yes, it made me laugh many times. Not exactly because it was funny, but because it was brilliant.
A must to read book for managers. It help us get out of the wishfull thinking to the real world of management.
"Good cure for insomnia"
I don't like to write negative reviews but my goodness did I struggle to finish listening to this book. I can't really put my finger on it but as the other reviewer said; the voice of the reader almost put me to sleep more than once. Having made it through the book I really couldn't tell you what the key messages were, something or other about managing vrs leadership but to be honest that seems like a debate only an academic could care about. If this topic interests you then try anything by Jim Collins instead. Although the author claimed this book was based on empirical research of 29 days of watching managers it just has a few quotes and snippets from those days whereas Jim Collins does longitudinal studies that have clearer messages at the end. I'm sure the author is a smart man but this book doesn't do him justice.
"Good book - poor listen"
I'm studying for an MBA at present and I like Henry Mintzberg's books as they offer a very different perspective from the usual management texts.
For me however (and I appreciate this is a very subjective matter) the voice of the narrator spoils it. I usually listen to audiobooks on the commute to work, but more than once I have had to turn this off before I fell asleep - I'm not joking either.
My advice - either buy the physical book, or make sure you don't object to the narration by listening to the sample above.
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