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What involves Management?

Published by Joel NN in 5-Management · 15/3/2014 23:22:05
Tags: ManagementLeadershipjobdesigncontrolscontrolsupply

Management is highly confused to Leadership in practice; in most cases struggling firms possess Leaders who performs manager’s obligations unaware, creating absence of a person dealing with vision and motivation. Leaders shows the vision of the business and sets standards to achieve it (motivation), while manager implements the vision through job analysis, job design, controls design and supply chain.

The four obligations of a manager viz. job analysis, job design, designing controls, and supply chain, demands huge investments from firm’s resources tangible in nature, which attracts attention to most inconsistent Leaders inclined in (visible) managerial duties. Leadership if complex and imaginary usually dealing with the nonexistence, that is why incapable Leaders avoid it, instead they pursue managerial jobs to justify their post.

Managers are supposed to analyse ant synthesize jobs such that all involved activities are defined both in short term and long-term. Job design is about designing the analysed activities in such a way that efficiency perspective is optimized, job design is concerned with creating jobs that conserve time, human energy, raw materials, and other productive resources. Job design demands proficiency in designing sound systems which optimizes efficiency.

Designing controls is crucial in getting control of the business operations. Without sound controls the whole company loses control into liquidation. There is a great difference between controls and control, as Peter Drucker posited “The synonyms for controls are measurement and information. Controls pertain to means, control to an end. Controls are analytical, concerned with what was and is. Controls deal with facts, that is, with events of the past. The synonym for control is direction. Control deals with expectations, that is, with the future. Control is normative and concerned with what ought to be.…"

Therefore, during designing controls in order to control the firm, managers need an end (a vision – defined aspirations), if a certain Leader sacrifices their duties into doing managerial duties, creates a vision vacuum leading into poor controls design resulting into a firm’s collapse. The symptoms of vision vacuum are when managers set controls (e.g. project’s timeline, policies etc.) on individual ends (vision); vision is supposed to be integrated across all division, departments and any entity in a firm.

Another managerial obligation is supply-chain, a method used to provide resources in achieving an anticipated product in a timely, economical and effective manner. With supply-chain value, no matter how best it is, without a clear and valid vision it is inefficacious. However, supply-chain is about a network of organizations that are involved, through upstream and downstream linkages, in the different processes and activities that produce value in the form of products and services in the hands of the ultimate consumer.

Therefore, management has to be on its own merits away from Leadership which should lead management, management is independent complimenting leadership.

What are your views?

Joel NN

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