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Simply Managing

What Managers Do # and Can Do Better

Henry Mintzberg


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Digital Audiobook (9/1/2013)
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Compact Disc (9/2/2013)
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Compact Disc (9/2/2013)


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!

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.

Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 9781609949235, 216pp.

Publication Date: September 2, 2013

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