On Managing

What does it mean to be a manager?   The mechanical stuff about organizing work is only part of the story.   It’s about having working relationships, it’s about actively contributing to and enacting your organization’s culture.  And more.

Hairsplitters who claim that Managing is Not Leading are lip-synching a late 1980s industrial trope.  That’s the last century, people!  I don’t know a single organization today where a manager isn’t expected to lead people.  Or where there are leaders who don’t also manage people and relationships.

Being a leader starts with leading, and managing, yourself.   (Spoiler alert:  knowing how to follow, and whom to follow, is also key.)

Finally, the internet is not an authoritative resource on managing human relationships at work.   Including this syllabus.