CHAPTER 1

The Six Functions of an Agile Manager

Today’s manager would be unrecognizable to Henri Fayol (1841–1925), French mining engineer, executive, and author widely acknowledged as a founder of modern management method. In his original work, General and Industrial Management: Planning, Organizing, Staffing, Directing, and Controlling. Fayol identified five primary functions of the manager: planning, organizing, staffing, directing, and controlling. Those functions served managers well in the past when the marketplace was defined by risk, fear, and avoidance. In today’s volatile global marketplace marked by constant disruption, Fayol’s functions fall far short in providing the blueprint individuals need to succeed as managers. Today’s hyperconnected ...

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