MANAGEMENT WHO, HOW AND WHY
Why do we need management?" Everyone needs management of some kind and here are some thoughts about management and the who, how and why of management.
To manage someone or something is to give order, direction or purpose. Every day we manage our time, resources and activities of many kinds. We may not always recognize what we are doing as
management and people have different levels of management skills and abilities. Many problems at work or at home are due to a lack of management skills.
Management has to do with organization, setting goals, planning and implementation. Management gives focus, purpose and meaning to our life, work and daily activities. Time management, money management and the management of people are three basic areas of management.
Time management is organizing and controlling our daily activities. Money management gives us valuable information about how we invest our money. People management gives us the ability to work more effectively with others.
Who to manage? Dee Hock, in his book "Birth of the Chaordic Age," has an interesting approach to management responsibilities. He states that our first and paramount responsibility is to manage self-integrity, character, ethics, knowledge, wisdom, temperament, words and acts.
Hock states that our second responsibility is to manage those who have authority over us: bosses, supervisors, teachers, etc. The third responsibility is to manage our peers: associates, competitors, suppliers and customers. And the fourth responsibility, is the management of those over whom we have authority.
Such an approach is quite different than how most managers manage.
Source: Taos News
The '21st Century Profession'
Today, the ICT profession has become a very important and essential profession because of the evolution of the world economy to a knowledge-based one, the processes of globalization, the amazing developments of the computer and information technology and ICT becoming essential for every field. Because of these reasons, the ICT profession has been crowned as the '21st Century Profession.
The information and communications technology field with a short history of 50 years has today become a most important, essential, highly paid, valuable profession with the highest acceptance from the society. Because of these reasons, the ICT profession is recognized as the '21st Century Profession'.
The ICT profession reached these heights due to the social, economic, political and technical transformations that occurred in the world. Transformations such as the breaking down of the socialist system and the establishment of a multi-party system, the deterioration of the closed economy system and the establishment of the free competitive economy system, the globalization process, the amazing developments in the information and computer technology, the birth of a knowledge-based economy and the ICT technology becoming essential for all fields, were instrumental in taking the ICT profession to the present level. Today, it has become a profession equal to medical, legal and engineering professions.
Source: Daily News
Managing Human Resources: Productivity, Quality of Work Life
The human resource management (HRM) function could easily be characterized as an organizational quagmire, encompassing myriad mandates ranging from enforcement and compliance demands, to deciphering rigorous legislative initiatives and dealing with the needs and expectations of increasingly diverse employee populations, to supporting innovative organization and employee development strategies.
Although HRM has been traditionally viewed and treated as a reactive process, a "weak stepchild" and a "necessary evil" that had to be dealt with , scholars in the area are increasingly calling for the HR function to become a proactive business partner in strategic decision making and the continual process of organizational change.
Indeed, broad environmental trends-globalization, technology, the growing importance of knowledge capital, volatile market changes, rising attention to cost control and, in general, the complexities associated with discontinuous change-have raised significant questions about the nature of organizations and the HR function as we approach the 21st century.
Wayne Cascio in his book, Managing Human Resources, uses three "key outcome variables"-productivity, quality of work life, and profits-as his integrative theme. Because his premise is that these three critical strategic objectives should guide all HR activities.
Source: Personnel Psychology
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