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Sixteen Greatest Ideas for Effective Managership

Idea 1: A brief history of managing and being a manager

It is the mark of the educated person that in every subject he looks for only so much precision as its nature allows.

Aristotle, Ethics

Manager and managing are impressive words in the English language, but that shouldn't prevent you from being clear about what they mean. By clear thinking you can avoid a lot of the confusion and empty modern disputes in business schools about, say, the difference between being a manager and being a leader.

Let's begin by trying to work out together what a manager is. The simple and most general definition is a manager is a person who manages something So what does the verb ‘to manage’ mean?

The clue lies ...

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