Self Study GM1: Defining General Management

Michael Dearing

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Self Study

Part One of the series on General Management. This class is for folks who are NOT able to take the in-person version.

What is General Management?  Where did it come from?  How does it work?

About 250 years ago, people who organize, administer, and lead businesses began to change life on Earth. First emerging in textile mills, then railroads, manufacturing, financial services, computing -- general management turned founder genius into thriving businesses. And the wealth created by those businesses pays for every good thing about modern civilization. 

We're lucky: two exceptional General Managers left us a paper trail of their thoughts and ideas. We will read their words, sort their ideas, and borrow the ones we like. It's not all rainbows and candy -- capitalism earned the nickname "Creative Destruction" for a reason. General management can amplify the best or worst of us. But done well, it amplifies the best and shock absorbs the worst. 

Here are the key questions we will tackle together:

  • What is management?
  • What tools should a manager have in her or his toolkit?
  • How is management different than leadership?
  • Does management align with your heart's desire for your work?

This is a self-study class open to anyone.