Managing Self: The Reflective Mindset; Leadership

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Managing Self: The Reflective Mindset; Leadership

  • OS608
  • October 30, 2006
  • Fisher


  • Collect reflective essays
  • Discuss Five Minds of the Manager
    • What is the purpose of this organizing framework?
    • Is it missing anything important?
  • Are managers and leaders really different?

Insights from Reflective Essays

  • Gosling and Mintzberg: "events ... become experience only after they have been reflected upon thoughtfully" (p. 57).
    • What does this mean?
  • What have you learned so far from the MBA program?
    • About being a manager?
    • About yourself? How you interact with others?
    • What did you learn from writing this essay?
  • Other insights?

Five Minds of the Manager

  • Managing self: the reflective mind-set
  • Managing organizations: the analytic mindset
  • Managing context: the worldly mindset
  • Managing relationships: the collaborative mindset
  • Managing change: the action mindset

Purpose of this framework?

  • What does the description of the five mindsets achieve?
  • Will we have done justice to organizational behavior after covering these five? What is the framework lacking?

The Reflective Mindset

  • Purpose is to stop and think; step back and reflect
  • How does this help a manager?
  • Example: Bill Gates’ biannual “Think Week”

Management and Leadership

  • Right now, do you consider yourself to be a better leader or manager?
  • Why?

Leadership discussion questions

  • What is the difference between a leader and a manager? Does this difference matter? Why or why not?
  • Gosling and Mintzberg: “…the separation of management from leadership is dangerous.” Do you agree or disagree?
  • How do lessons learned from Thursday’s lab inform this discussion?

Kotter’s Distinguishing Dimensions

  • Management
  • Leadership
  • Planning and Budgeting
  • Organizing and Staffing
  • Setting a Direction
  • Aligning People
  • Motivating People

P&G: The Game Changes Again

  • New “Connect and Develop” strategy
  • Leadership challenges in this change?
  • Huston, L., and Sakkab, N. (2006 March). Connect and develop. Harvard Business Review, 58-66.

Next assignment: Leadership Case Analysis

  • Due Wednesday November 8; 4-5 pages
  • Identify a case or example from another module in which more effective leadership would have helped a team or organization perform more effectively.
  • How would a more effective leader have done things differently?
  • Use at least one of the leadership models or theories discussed in class.

For Wednesday

  • Leadership styles
  • Read
    • Goleman (2000). Leadership that Gets Results
    • Breen (2006). The Three Ways of Great Leaders (online)
    • Hamm (2006). The Five Messages Leaders Must Manage

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