Your Job As A Manager Isn’t To Tell People How To Do Things, It’s To Help Them Get It Done

We hardly talk about management in this blog but the post I found on Meredith Farkas "Information Wants To Be Free" blog is really interesting reading, that I am sure you would like.

Meredith actually writes about her impressions with a post Aaron Swartz wrote on his Raw Thought blog called " Non-Hierarchical Management".

The word manager makes many people uncomfortable. It calls up the image of a bossman telling you what to do and forcing you to slave away at doing it. That is not effective management.
A better way to think of a manager is as a servant, like an editor or a personal assistant. Everyone wants to be effective; a manager’s job is to do everything they can to make that happen. The ideal manager is someone everyone would want to have.

Staying organized, hiring smart people, build a team, clear obstacles, prioritize, fight procrastination and give feedback are also important qualities for every manager.

Below please find two other interesting posts from Aaron Swartz about Wikipedia and how to be productive.

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One Response to Your Job As A Manager Isn’t To Tell People How To Do Things, It’s To Help Them Get It Done

  1. PR Manon says:

    Interesting post 🙂
    However I think that in some cases a manager is required to have more qualities, more skills.
    For example when a woman is a manager, there are few issues that would not occur if it was a man. What do you think?

    I wrote a post about it on my blog if you’re interested 🙂
    http://youpersuadeiconvince.wordpress.com/2014/03/26/whos-the-boss/

    x

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