Summary of Managing

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Managing book summary
You can’t learn to manage by reading books (even this one); it’s a skill that arises from experience.


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Managing, believes scholar Henry Mintzberg, must include leading, but the two are not the same. To study which skills are essential to good management, Mintzberg spent an entire day one-on-one with 29 managers from different kinds of organizations and from different sectors – including banking, retail, filmmaking, government, nonprofits and healthcare. Mintzberg looked at managers who worked in the executive suites as well as on the front lines. He learned that although managers differ considerably in their activities, the skills they need are surprisingly similar. Although quite general and not entirely new, getAbstract recommends this comprehensive guide to managers, executive placement experts, consultants, students and others who wish to get back to basics and to develop the traits essential to becoming an effective, able manager.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What some common misconceptions are about management;
  • What competencies a good manager requires; and
  • What common conundrums the average manager faces.


What is Management?
If you ask managers what they knew about their function on the day they started their jobs, most of them say, “Nothing.” One day they “were playing the flute or doing surgery”; the next day, they were supervising others in these jobs. They had to learn by doing. Although...
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About the Author

Henry Mintzberg teaches management studies at McGill University in Montreal. The author of 15 books, Mintzberg has won awards from the Harvard Business Review, the Association of Management Consulting Firms and others.

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