Management pablum (#mgmtpablum)

One thing I’ve noticed about Twitter, those silly little inspirational quotes seem to be everywhere. Every business- or management-related account I follow seems to tweet, retweet, and re-retweet these little “pearls of wisdom” almost constantly... read more

The right stuff

So what makes someone a good manager? Well, instead of trying to figure out what managers need to do to be considered “good,” let’s start with what organizations want or expect from their managers, and work backwards from there. In other words, what exactly are businesses looking for from management..? read more

Back to work?

Yes – the holidays are officially over, so this week it’s back to work. Well…for most of us, at least. According to the National Retail Federation somewhere between 640,000 and 690,000 “seasonal workers” were hired for the 2016 holiday shopping season. This includes... read more

Happy New Year (Out of office)

Out of the office (and unplugged) this week - but I'll be back with my usual posts next Friday.   In the meantime, I wish you and your families health, happiness, and good fortune in 2017.                          ...

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The “one best way” (to manage)

In the last post in this series, I argued that our nation’s business school professors really don’t know what they’re talking about when it comes to managing. I based this claim on the weakness of contingency theory – an approach to managing that seems to represent the current state-of-the-art in management and organizational theory... read more

Change is hard?

Change is hard. This is a frequent and perhaps well-worn sentiment amongst those who concern themselves with the management of for-profit enterprises. It’s corollary, of course, is that change is necessary – that in order for an organization to be successful, it must be open to, and willing to accept change... read more
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