Recently, I have heard someone ask the question, "Why do we have managers?" and "Why management?" These questions weren't asked in a rhetorical way, but with curiosity. I think these questions lead to asking what is meant by "management."
A colleague of mine suggested we read parts of The Essential Drucker as a first step to finding some good reading material to help people who are trying to think through why we have managers. I plan to read the first portion of this book, which is called "Management" in the next two weeks. Feel free to read along, as I'm hoping to work my way through the entire book during May. At some point in the first week of May, I'll write an update to throw some thoughts about management and managers.
I interact with lots of inexperienced folks, and I think it's important for me to have well-thought out and genuine answers to these questions. What would you say to an intern who asked you questions about the definition of management? What reading material or video clips helped you think through why we have management and managers?