Five Management Concepts that Really Work

Last Updated Aug 25, 2011 9:27 PM EDT

I recently outed five management concepts that, while popular, are a waste of mental energy. As a result, several readers challenged me to provide some management concepts that actually DO work.

I hesitated at first, because there's no idea so excellent that it can't be transformed into crap by a bad manager. However, just as there there are some concepts (like treating downsizing as a strategy) that tend to create jackass behavior, there are other concepts that tend to create better behavior.

That's what this post is about.

I've selected five management concepts, each of which replaces a common, but dysfunctional, way of thinking. These concepts, which are based upon 20 years of close observance of a myriad of corporate cultures, cover the five most important elements of management:

  • What is business all about?
  • What is a corporation all about?
  • What is management all about?
  • What is an employee suppose to be?
  • What is the best use of technology?
Managers who get these five elements straight tend to be successful and have successful teams.

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