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Myths of Management

Myths of Management

What People Get Wrong About Being the Boss

Cary Cooper, Stefan Stern

£14.99

Gives an entertaining, authoritative and fascinating look into the myths that dominate popular conceptions of management, providing readers with a compelling, well-researched and practical guide to how they can avoid falling into the trap of misinformed preconceptions and so become better managers.

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About the book

Is it really true that working longer hours makes you more successful? Do you really need to hide your emotions in order to gain respect as a manager? Does higher pay really always lead to higher performance?

The world of management is blighted by fads, fiction and falsehoods. In Myths of Management, Cary Cooper and Stefan Stern take you on an entertaining journey through the most famous myths surrounding the much-written about topic of management. They debunk false assumptions, inject truth into over-simplifications and tackle damaging habits head-on. Fascinating insights from psychology, leadership theory and organizational behaviour provide you with a compelling and practical guide to avoid falling into the trap of cliché, misinformation and prejudice. This engaging read offers you authentic insights into the reality of work, drawn from extensive research and real-world business examples, to give you the essential knowledge you need to become a better manager.

Whether cheesy, naïve or even destructive, management myths could be holding you back and stifling your team's potential. Myths of Management is the guide you need to become an enlightened manager.


Table Of Contents

    • Chapter - 24: Myth 24 - Leadership Must Be Transformational;
    • Chapter - 25: Myth 25 - Conformity Leads to Success;
    • Chapter - 26: Myth 26 - Feelings are Soft and for Losers;
    • Chapter - 27: Myth 27 - Keep Your Distance if You Want Respect;
    • Chapter - 28: Myth 28 - Be Yourself -- It’s All About Authenticity;
    • Chapter - 29: Myth 29 - Date of Birth is Destiny;
    • Chapter - 30: Myth 30 - People are Motivated by Money;
    • Chapter - 31: Myth 31 - Fear Works and ‘Engagement’ is Unnecessary;
    • Chapter - 32: Myth 32 - The Business Case Will Always Prove Persuasive;
    • Chapter - 33: Myth 33 - There’s Nothing Wrong with the Business, there’s just a Few Rotten Apples;
    • Chapter - 34: Myth 34 - We Have Woken Up to the Problems Caused by Prejudice;
    • Chapter - 35: Myth 35 - All the Power Resides at the Top;
    • Chapter - 36: Myth 36 - People Will Learn if you Explain Things to them Clearly;
    • Chapter - 37: Myth 37 - You Must Keep Up with all the New Management Ideas and Give Them a Try;
    • Chapter - 38: Myth 38 - You’ve Got to Talk Like a Real, Serious, Grown-Up Business Person. Learn the Jargon;
    • Chapter - 39: Myth 39 - You Can’t Manage People if You Can’t See Them;
    • Chapter - 40: Myth 40 - Who Needs Employees Anyway? Get With the Gig Economy;
    • Chapter - 41: Myth 41 - People Hate Change;
    • Chapter - 42: Myth 42 - Big Data Will Fix Everything;
    • Chapter - 43: Myth 43 - A Cool Office Will Make Everybody More Creative;
    • Chapter - 44: Myth 44 - There are Only 44 Things to Get Wrong
    • Chapter - 23: Myth 23 - The Robots are Coming to Take Your Job;
    • Chapter - 22: Myth 22 - Psychology is Psychobabble and there’s No Need or Place for it;
    • Chapter - 21: Myth 21 - Pay Must be Kept Confidential;
    • Chapter - 20: Myth 20 - It is Not Possible to Work Flexibly in Senior Roles;
    • Chapter - 19: Myth 19 - The Boss with the Best Strategy Wins;
    • Chapter - 18: Myth 18 - Heroic Leaders Can Change Entire Organizations on their Own;
    • Chapter - 17: Myth 17 - You Have to Know Everything that is Going On;
    • Chapter - 16: Myth 16 - Your First 100 Days in a New Job are Make or Break;
    • Chapter - 15: Myth 15 - Leaders are Born Not Made;
    • Chapter - 14: Myth 14 - … but Women Don’t Really Want Top Jobs;
    • Chapter - 13: Myth 13 - Information Must be Controlled and Limited;
    • Chapter - 12: Myth 12 - Annual Appraisals Help You Manage Performance;
    • Chapter - 11: Myth 11 - You Have to Pay Top Dollar to Get the Right Person;
    • Chapter - 10: Myth 10 - Leadership is More Important than Management;
    • Chapter - 09: Myth 9 - Only Hire People Who Will Fit In;
    • Chapter - 08: Myth 8 - Consistency is Essential;
    • Chapter - 07: Myth 7 - Hierarchy is Finished;
    • Chapter - 06: Myth 6 - You Need to be the Smartest Person in the Room;
    • Chapter - 05: Myth 5 - It’s Lonely at the Top;
    • Chapter - 04: Myth 4 - It’s Important Not to Show Vulnerability or Doubt;
    • Chapter - 03: Myth 3 - Long Hours Will Lead to Success;
    • Chapter - 02: Myth 2 - It’s Tough at the Top;
    • Chapter - 01: Myth 1 - There is One Right Way to Lead or Manage;
    • Chapter - 00: Introduction;



Book Details

  • EAN: 9780749480233
  • Edition: 1
  • Published: 3rd October 2017
  • Paperback
  • Dimensions: 234x156
  • 240 pages
  • Series: Myths Series

About the Author

Stefan Stern writes for the Guardian and the FT, where he was the management columnist between 2006 and 2010. He is visiting professor in management practice at Cass Business School and is Director of the High Pay Centre.
Cary L. Cooper CBE is President of the CIPD and Distinguished Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health at Lancaster and Manchester Universities. He is Founding Editor of the Journal of Organizational Behaviour and Editor-in-Chief of Stress & Health. Cary is Chair of the Academy of Social Sciences and of the Chronic Disease and Wellbeing Council of the WEF.


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