We need good managers for employee engagement
Julian Birkinshaw is a professor of strategic and international management at London Business School and a senior fellow at the Advanced Institute of Management Research. He wrote a fine post on Who Want’s to be a Manager?
Here are two snippets from the post:
When you ask children what they want to be when they are older, how many of them say they want to be a manager?
Consider a recent study in the UK, where 40 executives who were working part-time for an MBA were asked to describe their job. While they were happy to talk about themselves as leaders, change agents, entrepreneurs and coaches, not one used the word manager to characterize what they did. The “M-word” has, apparently, become so pejorative that people would prefer to redefine what they do rather than admit to being a member of the management profession.
We need to overcome our management mayhem and it appears to be occurring based on work by Mintzberg, Birkinshaw, and many others. We are creating the seeds for effective management development and adding meaty management gumption and engagement back to the art of work. To read Birkinshaw’s short post, click here.
Are you fully engaging in management while also managing to engage?
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David Zinger, M.Ed., works with organizations and individuals to foster engagement. He is a writer, educator, speaker, and consultant who founded the 3100 member Employee Engagement Network. David wrote, Zengage: How to Get More Into Your Work to Get More Out of Your Work. David’s website offers 1100 free posts/articles on the engagement. David is committed to fostering a movement to increase employee engagement 20% by 2020.
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