Management Means Administration and Regulation

From the beginning of time until today, management meant administration and regulation, either when talking about equally dividing the hunt catch so it would be enough for the whole community and organizing the next hunt; or when talking about modern marketing and innovation components, as Drucker calls them.

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Out of all historical descriptions, the closest to actual reality, is the one formulated by Fayol: “To manage is to forecast and to plan, to organize, to command, to co-ordinate and to control.”

Yeah, yeah, yeah, right… without a minimum dose of control, all the others are in vain. Don’t start with the fancy fairy tales like “my people know what they have to do, I don’t need to control them”; cause in real life there is no such thing. If you expect results, of course. Also, by controlling, you easily notice their development and training needs.

Management means organizing yourself and then others. The better you succeed in doing this, the greater the chances to become a successful manager. No matter how many theories you read on this topic, the best exercise is always to practice. You cannot learn to swim by reading the coolest book on swimming, you must also practice… A lot.

Management means being flexible and adapting to the organization’s and the market’s requirements, but also to the ones of your employees.

Even if 20 years ago the definition of management was pretty much the same, now you must adopt a slightly different approach towards your employees. The needs of a “Millennial” or a Z generation employee differ a lot from the ones of the last century “Baby Boomers”, though the structure is similar. Many times, fine tuning makes a big difference and the minor things, those that cost very little or nothing at all, may have major impact on the organization.

Management doesn’t mean treating your employees the way you wish to be treated, because they aren’t you, they don’t have the same needs and are not motivated by the same things as you. That’s why you should spend time with each individual, understand them and get the best out of each one.

“When I finally got a management position, I found out how hard it is to lead and manage people.” Guy Kawasaki

In a future episode, we are going to talk about leadership, kind of the same dish, but you eat it with different cutlery.

Good luck managing!