What do managers do? This seemingly simple question raises several more of its own: what is the role of a manager within an organization, what are key management skills and responsibilities, and how have management practices and strategies changed over the years? These questions and more are addressed in What Do Managers Do? an accessible but humorous e-book which can be downloaded here for free.
What Do Managers Do? takes decades of academic research and organizational theory and distills some of the most useful aspects for those new to leadership and management roles. Readers are introduced to notable “managers” throughout history--from Machiavelli to Ernest Shackleton--as well as businessmen, academics, and consultants who have developed useful theories on management efficiency, business administration, and employee performance. Additional topics covered include Henri Fayol’s POSDCORB model, Pedler, Burgoyne, and Boydell’s “Eleven Qualities of a Successful Manager,” identifying and capitalizing on personal management competencies, delegation, prioritization of tasks and time management, public speaking, team management, the Tuckman model of group development, and Belbin team roles.
What Do Managers Do? includes review questions throughout for easy self-assessment and real-world application.
Interested readers can also refer to the follow-up text What Else Do Managers Do? also available for free download on bookboon.com.