• by Henry Mintzberg
  • Narrated by Jim Manchester
  • 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This landmark book draws on Henry Mintzberg's observations of 29 managers, in business, government, health care, and the social sector, working in settings ranging from a refugee camp to a symphony orchestra. What he saw - the pressures, the action, the nuances, the blending - compelled him to describe managing as a practice, not a science or a profession, learned primarily through experience and rooted in context.
This book is vintage Mintzberg: iconoclastic, irreverent, carefully researched, myth-breaking. Managing may be the most revealing book yet written about what managers do, how they do it, and how they can do it better.
Winner of the CMI Management Book of the Year!


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The Buddha in Business ?

The most difficult thing is finding a lucid theorist in business. After Peter Drucker, it was difficult finding one. Mintzberg is a genious because he writes about the obvious -- all that other people didn't dare say. Lke: "You don't become a leader/manager in class." "Gurus become famous because they oversell their own side of the story, and real management is the sum total of all those sides." "American management is a failure, although it's the world standard -- the recent crises proved that." "You can't trust someone who works for incentives -- committed managers treat their companies as an extention of their lives." "Internet is overpromoted. Oral communication and concrete presence is the most powerful way of kwowing." "Internet and email fragments your work." "Strategic planning, objectives, adding value, shareholder value and all those concepts are awkward, unrealistic." "Management isn't controlling, planning or measuring. Management is practice."
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- A

Excellent book

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I recommend. This is a must read book on management.

What did you like best about this story?

Mintzberg provides a fresh view of management as a practice.

Which scene was your favorite?

His framework around information, people and action is pretty much helpful.

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- Mario

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-21-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.