Myths of Management: Dispel the Misconceptions and Become an Influential Manager, Second Edition

  • 3h 7m
  • Cary Cooper, Stefan Stern
  • Kogan Page
  • 2022

Is it really true that working longer hours makes you more successful? Are millennials self-obsessed and frightened of hard graft? Do you really need to hide your emotions in order to gain respect as a manager? Does higher pay really always lead to higher performance?

The world of management is blighted by fads, fiction and falsehoods. In Myths of Management, Cary Cooper and Stefan Stern take you on an entertaining journey through the most famous myths surrounding the much-written about topic of management. They debunk false assumptions, inject truth into over-simplifications and tackle damaging habits head-on.

Whether cheesy, naïve or even destructive, management myths could be holding you back and stifling your team's potential. Myths of Management is the guide you need to become an enlightened manager.

About the Business Myths series...

The Business Myths series tackles the falsehoods that pervade the business world. From leadership and management to social media, strategy and the workplace, these accessible books overturn out-of-date assumptions, skewer stereotypes and put oft-repeated slogans to the test. Entertaining and rigorously researched, these books will equip you with the insight and no-nonsense wisdom you need to succeed.

About the Author

Stefan Stern writes for the Guardian and the FT, where he was the management columnist between 2006 and 2010. He is visiting professor in management practice at Cass Business School and is Director of the High Pay Centre.

Sir Cary Cooper CBE is the 50th Anniversary Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health at the Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester. He is President of the CIPD, President of the British Academy of Management and Editor-in-Chief of the Blackwell/Wiley Encyclopedia of Management.

In this Book

  • Introduction
  • There is One Right Way to Lead or Manage
  • It’s Tough at the Top
  • Long Hours will Lead to Success
  • Consistency is Everything—it’s Important Not to Show Vulnerability or Doubt
  • It’s Lonely at the Top
  • You Need to be the Smartest Person in the Room
  • Hierarchy is Finished
  • Only Hire People Who will Fit In
  • Leadership is More Important than Management
  • You Have to Pay Top Dollar to Get the Right Person (And Keep it Confidential)
  • Annual Appraisals Help You Manage Performance
  • Information Must be Controlled and Limited
  • We Have Woken Up to the Problems Caused by Prejudice
  • Your First 100 Days in a New Job are Make or Break
  • You Have to Know Everything that is Going On
  • Heroic Leaders can Transform Entire Organizations on their Own
  • The Boss with the Best Strategy Wins
  • Psychology and Feelings Don’t Matter
  • The Robots are Coming to Take Your Job
  • Conformity Leads to Success
  • Keep Your Distance if You Want Respect
  • Date of Birth is Destiny
  • People are Motivated by Money
  • Fear Works and ‘Engagement’ is Unnecessary
  • The Business Case Will Always Prove Persuasive
  • There’s Nothing Wrong with the Business, there’s Just a Few Rotten Apples
  • All the Power Resides at the Top
  • People will Learn if You Explain Things to Them Clearly
  • You Must Keep up with All the New Management Ideas and Give them a Try
  • You’ve Got to Talk Like a Real, Serious, Grown-Up Business Person. Learn the Jargon
  • You Can’t Manage People if You Can’t See Them
  • Who Needs Employees Anyway? Get with the Gig Economy
  • People Hate Change
  • Big Data will Fix Everything