- Paperback: 236 pages
- Publisher: The Adizes Institute; 1ST edition (August 25, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0937120014
- ISBN-13: 978-0937120088
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
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Management/Mismanagement Styles Paperback – Unabridged, August 25, 2004
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This is the second in a series of three books. The first is titled The Ideal Executive: Why You Cannot Be One and What to Do About It. The third is Leading the Leaders: How to Enrich Your Style of Management and Handle People Whose Style is Different From Yours. Each book in this series can be read independently, but all together they provide a methodology on how to lead organizations as a team.
The capabilities that textbooks and trade journals demand from a leader do not and cannot exist in any single individual because the task of leading an organization is far too complicated for any one individual to perform well. These books and journals describe what a leader should be because that is what the organization needs. They ignore, however, that being human, people have strengths and weaknesses. No one is perfect. Management / Mismanagement Styles analyzes why the ideal executive or leader cannot exist and thus does not exist. Attempts to train and develop the ideal leader, by definition, cannot produce expected results.
This book helps managers identify the style of real people, not imaginary templates, and provides tools to build a team of people with complementary strengths and weaknesses, based on their different management styles.
This book provides a methodology to classify styles identify their strengths and weaknesses, and predict how each style will make decisions, staff, motivate, and communicate; in a word, manage.
Management / Mismanagement Styles is based on Dr. Adizes 30 years of consulting experience worldwide, from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies. Dr. Adizes has also used the methodology described in this book in working with prime ministers, presidents and cabinets of governments around the world. His previous books have been translated into 26 languages and are best sellers in several countries.
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At the same time, it isn't an academic theory. It has academic roots, but it is primarily a battle-tested theory for people trying to help organizations succeed, and it is discussed in pragmatic terms. Once people ship on all the concepts needed to understand the model (management styles and roles, organizational lifecycles, structure, decision vs. implementation processes, etc.), their minds ignite with new insights. However, it's not a business idea you can sum up in an elevator pitch.
In my experience as a business educator, the topic covered by this book is the most popular and fun way to start exploring the Adizes Methodology. People immediately respond to the depictions of management and mismanagement styles, and they tend to apply these concepts far beyond their work experiences, to better understand their families, marriages and other relationships as well. We have all suffered pain at the hands of someone who was mismanaging a situation before at sometime in our past, and alas, we have all mismanaged things in our pasts too. This book gives you a conceptual framework for naming what is happening in those circumstances, as well as tools for collaborating with others to manage more effectively.
This book is part of the "leadership trilogy" of Adizes books, which includes The Ideal Executive and Leading The Leaders. It develops ideas which were first introduced by Dr. Adizes in How To Solve The Mismanagement Crisis: Diagnosis and Treatment of Management Problems.