Week 1 - The Exceptional Manager
Have you ever worked for a bad manager?
Google “the study of management” and you’ll find a definition like this one:
The study of management provides future business leaders with a sound working knowledge of policies, procedures and practices that govern business and social operations and, in turn, allows them to understand and control organizational growth. Management study includes an exploration of policies and practices as they relate to corporate growth.
Fair enough, but there is so much more. I promise you, if you take this study to heart you, too, will find yourself a better manager of most anything you set out to do – including “becoming my best self,” a lifelong effort. After years of management practice, 6.3 of them as CEO, I’m here to tell you that self-organization and commitment will help you succeed anywhere you want to be, as you help others become their best selves. To me, that’s always been the basis of management. Management is both art and science, and much can be learned.
Important note: Read your text. Your text is the basis of quizzes and tests. I cannot cover all the readings as assigned to you on the syllabus in class – to do so would ensure a very boring class (and believe me, I’ve tried!) I like engaging classes, so please rent or buy the assigned text for the course. It will be difficult to do well in the course without it.
Assigned Texts and Materials
- Management A Practical Introduction. By Angelo Kinicki & Brian K. Williams 9th edition. ISBN: 978-1-260-07511-3. Connect will NOT be used in my course. It's not expensive on Amazon. Choose any edition.