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Good management is not something that can be taught, it's learnt from progressing within a organisation.  There is a classic phrase, 'never forget the people you meet on the way to the top, because you will see them on the way down'

The above phrase sums up modern organisations, good managers are often not harnessed in business, which is why they often companies ignore them and allow them to leave. These companies will tend to go for result driven managers rather than people who will nurture and motivate sub-ordinates, who could through better morale improve the output of a department.

The classical management and employee status quo was described by Likert as being the 'them and us' scenario where very little trust exists between the two elements.  This type of organisation has poor motivational rewards for employees other than financial rewards, it suffers from high staff turnover as a result of poor human resources strategies.

The most obvious result of having a poor management team is a resulting decline of organisational performance. This declining performance can be down to poor financial controls, poor understanding of market conditions, poor planning.

Most management theorists do suggest that in an ever changing business world, the modern manager will not be someone who has a single company career but moreover will be from multi-organisation careers.

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Hinterhuber and Popp define the differences between simply managing and strategic thinking, by offering 10 questions to assess yourself:

  • Do I have entrepreneurial vision?

  • Do I have a corporate philosophy?

  • Do I have competitive advantages?

  • Do my employees use their ability to act freely in the interest of the company? 

  • Have I built an organisation that implements my vision?

  • Are the line managers involved in strategic planning?

  • Is the corporate culture in harmony with the strategies?

  • Do I point out directions and take new approaches?

  • Have I been lucky in my life so far?

  • Do I make a contribution to the development of society and myself? 

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  1. Self belief.

  2. Adaptability.

  3. Communication.

  4. Responsibility.

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