Whether or not it was a rhetorical challenge, I’m taking Henry Mintzberg up on his ask, somewhat, in his book Managing and recommending an adaption or perhaps an enhancement to his “Model of Managing”.
Perhaps he will utilize it in an updated book release. Perhaps.
First to Mintzberg and the “Model of Managing”. In principle, I agree with the archetype and the following definition:
“managing takes place on three planes, from the conceptual to the concrete: with information, through people, and to action directly”.
I do however believe that it’s the separation of information, people and action into the three planes that causes some issues.
Mintzberg goes on to state that:
“It is this dynamic balance that renders futile the teaching of management in a classroom, especially one role or competency at a time. Even mastering all the competencies do not a competent manager make, because the key to this work is the blending of all of its aspects into this dynamic balance.”
What’s missing, however, is the relatively new managing behaviour that I will refer to simply as collaboration. I’ll probably have to write a book about this soon, but for purposes of this blog posting I’ll juxtapose Mintzberg’s model with my own adaptation of his work.
Mintzberg’s model segregates 3 key planes: information, people and action. I believe there are two key planes (collaboration and action) and that these are bound by information and people. That is, managers must collaborate and take action with information and people.
Collaboration is the practice of linking, leading, communicating, connecting, scheduling and framing people and information each and every day through action.
Action is taking those same people and pieces of information and deciding whether to do, delegate, demonstrate or deal.
Collaboration occurs in formal, informal and social ways utilizing face-to-face interactions as well as virtual/asynchronous means to act, be it with people or information.
Action also can occur in formal, informal and/or social ways; the key tenet being it happens with people and information.
Do you agree? Disagree?
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