General Managers

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Simon and Schuster, Sep 28, 2010 - Business & Economics - 240 pages
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In this unprecedented study of America's leading executives, John Kotter shatters the popular management notion of the effective "generalist" manager who can step into any business or division and run it. Based on his first-hand observations of fifteen top GMs from nine major companies, Kotter persuasively shows that the best manager is actually a specialist who has spent most of his or her career in one industry, learning its intricacies and establishing cooperative working relationships. Acquiring the painstaking knowledge and large, informal networks vital to being a successful manager takes years; outsiders, no matter how talented or well-trained seldom can do as well, this in-depth profile reveals. Much more than a fascinating collective portrait of the day-to-day activities of today's top executives, The General Managers provides stimulating new insights into the nature of modern management and the tactics of its most accomplished practitioners.
 

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The General Managers by John Kotter of the Harvard Business School set out to answer this very question of “professional managers” who can step into any business and run it well. Kotter took an ... Read full review

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This book, written in 1982, is now more of a historical book marking a point in the evolution of managerial science rather than a practical guide. The original, mostly qualitative research that makes ... Read full review

Contents

Preface to the Paperback Edition
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Summary and Discussion
PART 1SIMILARITIES
Getting NetworkstoImplement Agendas Underlying Reasonsforthe
PART II
THE GENERAL
APPENDIX B INTERVIEW GUIDES
RÉSUMÉSFORTHE GENERAL MANAGERS
APPENDIX E APPRAISING GM PERFORMANCE
Common Personal Characteristics Basic PersonalityKnowledgeand Relationships
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John P. Kotter is Chairman of the Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management Area at the Harvard Business School. The winner of two McKinsey Awards from the Harvard Business Review, he is the author of six books, including Power and Influence (also published by The Free Press).

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