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Simply a Great Manager the 15 Fundamentals of Being a Successful Manager

Simply a Great Manager the 15 Fundamentals of Being a Successful Manager

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“What shall I do?” is a question managers throughout the
world ask and answer day in, day out. To have any value,
the virtues for managing have to be usable in the actual sit-
uations in which individual managers find themselves. In
this chapter, we describe typical situations and show how
the virtues can be used to find a way forward.
We noted down the thoughts that occurred to us as we
considered how each virtue might be applied in each situa-
tion: for example, how to be a motivator in the context of
trying to manage your boss. The last virtue, being imagina-
tive, had a special role in this process, in that we tried to
apply it in thinking about all the other virtues (using
Kipling’s six men — What, Why, When, How, Where, and
Who) rather than as a separate step of its own. In respond-
ing to the question “What shall I do?” we tried to develop a
course of action that brought all the virtues into play – or at
least wasn’t inconsistent with any of the virtues.
We make no claim that our analyses and proposals rep-
resent the only solutions, or even the best ones. But we are
convinced that thinking about a situation from the view-
point of each virtue in turn is an excellent way of analysing
its managerial aspects, and can be used to generate sound
responses to problems. We say “each virtue in turn”
because omitting to apply one could easily lead to failure:

The chain is as strong as its weakest link.

Remember that your responses to one virtue will help gen-
erate responses to others: your priorities may derive from

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actions related to your objectives, or to the need to regain
control, and so on. The power of the virtues lies partly in the
way they reinforce one another.
We will now consider a series of cases borrowed from
real life. Our aim is to show you how to apply the virtues in
a range of situations so that you can address your own man-
agement problems as and when they arise.

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