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Mastering Management Styles: Expert Guidance for Managers by Harris Silverman

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Managing work versus managing people

One final point before we start to dig into the meat and potatoes. It's worthwhile to make a distinction between managing work and managing people. Managing work is actually pretty easy; it's mostly a question of being organized and of keeping on top of deadlines. In today's environment, though, you rarely have the luxury of simply managing work; you have to manage people as well. Managers who step into a management role thinking that it's just a question of getting the work done are riding for a fall; you have to be prepared to deal with the people side of things as well.

Incidentally, this is a mistake that people sometimes make when they're hiring: they hire someone who's really good at getting work done, ...

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