Tuesday, August 3, 2010
The Essence of Managing
Here's a good quote that captures the essence of the job of a manager and why it's so difficult:
"We (humans) are an astonishing blend of chemical and electrical impulses, histories, drives, conflicts, intentions, biases, hopes, joys, frustrations and fears -- and when you put us together in teams or organizations that interact with a complex environment over time, the dazzling array of behaviors, attitudes, and relationships is nothing short of stunning.
"Our brains have evolved from a primitive reptilian core to three pounds of an extraordinarily rich effusion of neurons that permit higher-level cognition as well as consciousness, the capacity for creativity and art, and a genius for discerning the truths of nature. Yet we have difficulty mastering our emotions and often act irrationally, particularly towards one another."
I couldn't have said it better myself. My primitive reptilian brain hasn't evolved that far. Kudos to all the managers and team members who are working hard -- and working together -- to make their organization the best it can be.
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