IT Management Slideshow: Leadership Realities You Won't Learn in Management School

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 11-18-2010
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All managers have flaws.

All managers have flaws.

Leaders who can win over employees, superiors or customers despite their failings are the ones who succeed. First step: Identify your own faults to minimize negative impact.

Whether you went to management school or not, there are many "truths" about leadership that rarely are discussed in the classroom, according to the book, Management? It's Not What You Think! (Amacom/Available now). Authors Henry Mintzberg, Bruce Ahlstrand and Joseph Lampel deliver hundreds of "leadership realities" that are often overlooked or undervalued in organizations these days. Whether it's the technology you depend upon, how you deliver information or the ways in which you adapt IT solutions/systems for your enterprise, it's important to know that much of what you accept as a "given" when it comes to management practices may actually be, well, wrong. The book challenges CIOs and other executives to ask tough questions. Example: can you tell the difference between effective strategic planning and planning that amounts to nothing more than time-consuming "nonsense"? Mintzberg is a professor of management studies at McGill University. Ahlstrand is a professor of management at Trent University, and Lampel is a professor of strategy at City University London. Here are selected highlights:

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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