In his seminal 1973 book, The Nature of Managerial Work, Henry Mintzberg proposed ten roles that define the day-to-day activities of a manager. They are: Figurehead, Leader, Liaison, Monitor, Disseminator, Spokesperson, Entrepreneur, Disturbance Handler, Resource Allocator, and Negotiator. These roles are still referenced in modern articles about management and in training courses for managers.
The world today is unimaginably different from a 1973
perspective. Workplace diversity, distributed workforces, globalism,
technology, and previously unknown industries make for a landscape as different
from 1973 as post-industrial revolution farming was from its predecessor.
In reviewing the managerial roles espoused by Mintzberg, we
wonder: Are they the same today? As a manager do your responsibilities
incorporate them or are things different for you?
Special Offer to Participate in Research Project
The Ken Blanchard Companies is looking for two dozen
managers to interview regarding their modern managerial activities and roles.
Candidates who take part in interviews can choose from selected online courses
offered by the company for their participation. Interested managers should
contact Jim Diehl and the product development research team at The Ken
Blanchard Companies for additional details.
Use this email to request information on participation: [email protected]