Thinking globally but acting locally,
changing yet maintaining continuity.
Managers are told to
think globally but act
locally, compete yet collaborate,
continuously but maintain continuity.
No wonder many are confused. managers actually require five distinct mindsets,
according to The Five Minds of a Manager, by J.Gosling and H.Mintzberg.
Stepping back and reflecting on experiences allow mistakes to be identified.
Reflection may also lead to seeing things in a new ways, e.g., a product as a
customers as partners (or vice versa).
Managing collaboratively means managing not people
relationships. Good managers
more than they
ask questions more than give orders. They also distribute management
functions so that responsibility goes to whoever shows initiative.
We are told that we must change or else. But while
this is an
age of change, not everything is changing (which we tend not to
notice). Managers with
mindsets focus organizational energy on
what needs to be changed, while carefully maintaining those that don't.
Integrating the mindsets
managers integrate the five mindsets into a single whole.
They reflect, act,
and reflect some more; realize that collaboration is necessary, for which they
must enter the world of others to analyze more data and viewpoints; and then
act in an