Summary of Simply Managing

What Managers Do – and Can Do Better

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Simply Managing book summary
Overworked, interrupted, ambitious managers will welcome this down-to-earth, useful guide.


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Best-selling author Henry Mintzberg describes the life of a manager as “a hectic pace, lots of interruptions, more responding than initiating.” His observation underscores what sets Mintzberg’s book apart from other management manuals. He takes a clear-eyed look at the frenetic pace of a manager’s life without promising to make it more orderly. Instead, he offers engaging illustrations to help readers understand various managerial roles. He argues that management and leadership are not separate realms, but go together to form “communityship” – engaging others in collaboration and helping them unlock their strengths. Mintzberg draws on his observations of the 29, mostly Canadian, managers he first described in his 2009 classic, Managing. Here, he distills that earlier work into an easy-to-read, useful guide. If you’re a manager with too much to do and too little time to think, getAbstract recommends turning to Mintzberg’s practical, concise primer.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How conventional wisdom errs in separating management and leadership;
  • How good managers work through “information,” “people” and “action”;
  • How managing blends “art,” “craft” and “science,” and
  • Why engaging others is management’s core.


Why Managers Matter
What’s more important: leading or managing? Most business gurus prize leadership over management, but the roles actually work in tandem. Good leaders manage; good managers lead. Of the two skills, managing gets short shrift. People celebrate the visionary, long-view...
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About the Author

A founding partner of, Henry Mintzberg teaches management studies at McGill University and has written 16 books.

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