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Myths of Management

Myths of Management

What People Get Wrong About Being the Boss

Stefan Stern, Cary Cooper


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 - 01: There Is One Right Way to Lead and Manage;
    • Chapter - 02: A Manager Should Never Show Vulnerability or Doubt;
    • Chapter - 03: Long Hours Will Lead to Success;
    • Chapter - 04: It's Tough at the Top;
    • Chapter - 05: It's Lonely at the Top;
    • Chapter - 06: You Need to Be the Smartest Person in the Room;
    • Chapter - 07: Hierarchy Is Over;
    • Chapter - 08: You Should Never Make U Turns;
    • Chapter - 09: You Should Only Hire People who Will 'Fit In';
    • Chapter - 10: Leadership Is More Important Than Management;
    • Chapter - 11: You Have to Pay Top Dollar to Get the Right Person;
    • Chapter - 12: Annual Appraisals Help You Manage Performance;
    • Chapter - 13: Information Must Be Controlled and Limited;
    • Chapter - 14: Women Don't Want Top Jobs;
    • Chapter - 15: Leaders are Born, Not Made;
    • Chapter - 16: Your First 100 Days in a New Job are Make or Break;
    • Chapter - 17: You Have to Know Everything That Is Going On at All Times;
    • Chapter - 18: Heroic Leaders Can Change Entire Organisations On Their Own;
    • Chapter - 19: The Best Strategy Always Wins;
    • Chapter - 20: Flexible Working Is Not Possible in Senior Roles;
    • Chapter - 21: Pay Must Be Kept Confidential

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 FT, where he was the Management Columnist between 2006 and 2010, the Guardian and the International Business Times. 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.

Stefan Stern

Cary Cooper