Folklore: Manager as Systematic Planner

Folklore: The manager is a reflective, systematic planner

We have this common image of the manager, especially in a senior job, sitting at his desk, thinking grand thoughts, making great decisions, and, above all, systematically planning out the future. There is a good deal of evidence about this, but not a shred of it supports this image.

Facts: Study after study has shown that (a) managers work at an unrelenting pace; (b) their activities are typically characterized by brevity, variety, fragmentation, and discontinuity; and (c) they are strongly oriented to action.

...managing is just one damn thing after another.

From Managing, by Henry Mintzberg.

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