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Successful Organizational Transformation by Marvin Washington

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Leadership Versus Management

Think of a manager as a system optimizer. The average manager spends a majority of his or her time on efforts focused internally to keep the systems running and the organization functioning.3 Given resources to accomplish a set of tasks, a good manager knows how to best direct these resources. In this sense, managers are great car mechanics. Confidence is built by knowing how the car (i.e., the organization) works, knowing how to best leverage resources when problems arise, and having abounding energy to overcome problems along the way. Successful management is critical to an organization’s continued existence, for without management, transformational change cannot take root. A well-managed foundation of performance ...

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