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Simply Managing: What Managers Do - and Can Do Better (Financial Times Series)

Simply Managing: What Managers Do - and Can Do Better (Financial Times Series) [Kindle Edition]

Henry Mintzberg

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Winner of the Chartered Management Institute's Management Book of the Year award.One of strategy+business magazine's top three management books of the year.One of the Toronto Globe and Mail's top ten business books of the year: "Henry Mintzberg is a fine writer, with a penchant for humor."One of Choice magazine's top ten outstanding books of the year: "Mintzberg does not accept conventional wisdom--he challenges it constantly...erudite as well as practical."One of Library Journal's top business books of the year.

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This book slims down his award-winning work Managing (2009) and provides streamlined advice to help new and experienced managers get it right.


Simply Managing answers questions including:

  • How do I deal with the pressures of management?
  • What are the most important elements of my job? And how do I get them right?
  • How do I connect in a job that’s intrinsically disconnected?
  • How do I maintain confidence without becoming arrogant?
  • What are the cornerstones of effective management?


It provides thoughtful, yet practical advice from one of the world’s most influential management thinkers.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1097 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: FT Publishing International; 1 edition (6 Sep 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F0LME9O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #259,260 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Henry Mintzberg is Cleghorn Professor of Management Studies at McGill University in Montreal and winner of awards from the most prestigious practitioner and academic institutions in management (Harvard Business Review, Academy of Management, Association of Management Consulting Firms, and others.) He is the author of fifteen books, including Managing, Managers Not MBAs, Strategy Safari, The Rise and Fall of Strategic Planning, and Mintzberg on Management. For more information on his activities, visit and

"Perhaps the world's premier management thinker". Tom Peters

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4.0 out of 5 stars The pressures of management described 8 Aug 2013
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Effective managing requires some blend of art, craft and science, whether in the person of the manager alone, or else in a management team that works together, according to Henry Mintzberg in this book. The book is described as a condensed version of the author's earlier book Managing, streamlined for busy managers.

The author expresses a number of controversial views about managing, including:

* Management is not something different from leadership
* Management is a practice, not a profession or a science
* The practice of management is not undergoing change
* Managers have to become proficient at being superficial
* Managers in jobs where they have little to do cause trouble
* There is no such thing as a professional manager - who can effectively manage anything - because the abilities required of a manager depend on the job context

Throughout the book, the author insists that management cannot be taught in a classroom; it can only be learned on the job. Presumably, then, management cannot be learned by reading a book either, so what is the value in reading this book, and does it help you to become a better manager? According to the author, his objective is to help the reader to understand managing better, so the book focuses on describing management rather than explaining how to do it. The author describes chapter 5 as the most important, dealing with conundrums faced by managers, including:

* Pressures to get things done inevitably prevent managers from addressing problems at a deep level
* Pressures to get things done also mean there is inadequate time for planning, and strategic planning is rarely effective
* It is very difficult to see the big picture and the little details all at the same time
* The manager is supposed to stay in touch, but the very nature of managing causes disconnection
* Managers have difficulty delegating because they are better informed than the people to whom they have to delegate
* The quality of data on which the manager has to rely is never as good as could be desired
* Managers try to bring order, but the practice of management is inherently chaotic
* Managers need to be confident but not arrogant, and the borderline between the two is often difficult to find

If you are the type of manager who derives comfort from discovering that a management expert agrees that the difficulties you face in your daily job are indeed difficulties, then this is the book for you.
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent and quick read! 8 April 2014
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Good book to share with your team of leaders. You can learn something from this book regardless of your level in management.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The irony of teaching something that can't be taught 11 Oct 2013
By Pedro Dullius - Published on
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In writing this book, Mitzberg achieved something quite unique, teaching so much about something that, in his own words, can't be taught.
The book debunks many management dogmas in a way that is difficult to argue with. Brillant.

Being able to synthetize his own previous work on a more concise volume comprising the most significant highlights shows clearly Mintzenberg's prowess in talking to many kinds of audience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Managing:What Managers Do - and Can Do Better 19 Oct 2013
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Henry Mintzberg presents the material in a practical manner and easy to understand format. I plan on using this book for a college class on Leadership & Supervison for new managers in the human service field. Mintzberg offers the reader a realistic view of the many challenges that are posed to a manager each day with the use of example throughout the book.
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