Simply Managing (Paperback)

What Managers Do # and Can Do Better

By Henry Mintzberg

Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 9781609949235, 216pp.

Publication Date: September 2, 2013

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The Essence of Managing

Henry Mintzberg appreciates that managers are busy people. So he has taken his classic book Managing, done some updating, and distilled its essence into a lean 176 pages of text.

The essence of the book remains the same: what Mintzberg learned from observing twenty-nine managers in settings ranging from a refugee camp to a symphony orchestra. Simply Managing considers the intense dynamics of this job as well as its inescapable conundrums, for example:

• How is anyone supposed to think, let alone think ahead, in this frenetic job?
• Are leaders really more important than managers?
• Where has all the judgment gone?
• Is email destroying management practice?
• How can managers connect when their job disconnects them from what they are managing?

If you read only one book about managing, this should be it!

About the Author

Henry Mintzberg is Cleghorn Professor of Management Studies at McGill University and a founding partner of He has won awards from many prestigious academic and practitioner institutions in management and is the author or coauthor of sixteen books. His next project is a series of electronic pamphlets entitled Rebalancing Society: Radical Renewal beyond Left, Right, and Center (see

Praise For Simply Managing: What Managers Do # and Can Do Better

Winner of the Chartered Management Institute’s Management Book of the Year award.

One of strategy+business magazine’s top three management books of the year.

One of the Toronto Globe and Mail’s top ten business books of the year:
“Henry Mintzberg is a fine writer, with a penchant for humor.”

One of Choice magazine’s top ten outstanding books of the year:
“Mintzberg does not accept conventional wisdom—he challenges it constantly…erudite as well as practical.”

One of Library Journal’s top business books of the year.