Mitch McCrimmon

Management can be defined as a way of achieving goals that add the most value. It’s about being sufficiently organized to identify the right goals and the best means for achieving them. Prioritizing means deciding which activities are most likely to achieve a specific goal and which tasks are the most urgent or important. Management is thus like investing, a process of allocating resources to … [ Read more ]

Mitch McCrimmon

All organizations have two objectives: to manage today’s business profitably and to create the future through innovation.

Mitch McCrimmon

Management can do much more than merely keep things ticking over. It manages complex projects ranging from making a major movie to putting the first man on the moon. Managers can use facilitative skills to foster innovation. By sticking to a purely functional definition, we leave completely open the question of style. This liberating move means that managers can be inspiring. They can empower, … [ Read more ]

A New Role for Managment in Today’s Post-Industrial Organization

In many organizations, employees know more about their work than their managers. This reality should force organizations that still cling to the old, top-down style of managing to recognize that many employees today are very capable of managing themselves. This author explains the “Why” and “How” of a new style of managing for today.

Reinventing Leadership and Management

Once there was a notion that managers could do it all. But the notion fell into disfavor when “leadership” – for example, the heroic leader – emerged and pushed managers aside and stripped them of their responsibilities. The manager became a second-class citizen. This author states that the time has come to empower managers and recognize and elevate the important role that they play in … [ Read more ]

The Ideal Leader

Leadership, an act or series of acts that moves people in a certain direction can no longer be displayed by a lone, heroic individual. Instead, as this author writes, we need to recognize that leadership can come from anyone who displays leadership as an occasional, discrete act of influence. Yes a leader must provide direction, but the person at the top isn’t the only person … [ Read more ]

Do You Need to be a Hero?

If you are less successful at work than you could be, you might be your own worst enemy for being too individualistic.