The 5 Minds of Manager Essay

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The world of the manager is complicated and confusing. Making sense of it requires not a knack for simplification but the ability to synthesize insights from different mind-sets into a comprehensible whole.

Five Minds of a byjonathan Gosling and onathan Gosling and Henry Mintzberg

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HE CHIEF EXECUTIVE of a major Canadian com-

pany complained recently that he can't get his engineers to think like managers. It's a common complaint, but behind it lies an uncommonly important question: What does it mean to think like a manager? Sadly, little attention has been paid to that question in recent years. Most of us have become so enamored of "leadership" that "management" has been pushed into the background.
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Our intention was to educate managers who were coming out of these narrow silos; why push them back in? We needed a new structure that encouraged synthesis rather than separation. What we came up with-a structure based on the five aspects of fhe managerial mind - has proved not only powerful in the classroom but insightful in practice, as we hope to demonstrate in this article. We'll first explain how we came up with the five managerial mind-sets, then we'll discuss each in some depth before concluding with the case for interweaving the five. 55

The Five Minds of a Manager

the subject beyond the self, into the manager's network of relationships. Anaiysis goes a step beyond that, to the The Intemational Federation of Red Cross and Red Cresorganization; organizations depend on the systematic cent Societies, headquartered in Geneva, has a managedecomposition of activities, and that's what analysis is all ment development concern. It worries that it may be about. Beyond the organization lies what we consider drifting too far toward a fast-action culture. It knows that the subject ofthe worldly mind-set, namely context-the it must act quickly in responding to disasters everyworlds around the organization. Finally, the action mindwhere-earthquakes and wars, floods and famines-but it set pulls

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