CHAPTER 3

Management Unplugged: Modulating to a Post-Management Key

When, some years ago, I gave my first talk on the topic of leadership at the Technical University (TU) Berlin, I called it “Abolish Management,” a title I chose because it was provocative. But, of course, the call for abolishing something immediately brings up the question: What is the alternative? If we don’t manage any more, how do we organize work in large corporations and make sure that many people work together well to achieve one goal?!

Management Mania

Before answering this question, we must first acknowledge that we live in a time of management mania. Google returns millions of entries for management, and there appears to be little even in our private lives that is not ...

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