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.
About the Author
A founding partner of coachingourselves.com, Henry Mintzberg teaches management studies at McGill University and has written 16 books.