Doing anything a thousand times seems totally out of character for me. I am a great starter and fix it type person. I don't relish being in maintenance mode or coasting known waters. I don't stick with things, usually.
It blows my mind to see that this is my 1000th post on Management Craft. Not all the posts were full of meat, and some were silly. But geeze, that's still a lot of stuff. A lot of questions. A lot of pontificating and ranting and linking.
Thanks so much for reading! I have met and virtually met so many great people, many of whom I now call friend or pal.
I started this blog on August 7, 2004. Just for kicks, I thought I would reproduce the first post I did and see if it still rings true. Here it is:
Welcome to Management Craft, a weblog dedicated to finding, sharing, and discussing state of the art management. We will discuss books, products, business management news, and fresh ideas. Management is my passion. I know that sounds strange, but I have seen and experienced the hum of peak productivity and it can be a beautiful thing!
Enough with the introduction, how about some meat?
I call this blog Management Craft, because I believe that the art and practice of managing people (without controlling them), processes, and projects WHILE flexibly changing as needed AND considering short term and long term needs and opportunities is a craft.
When I use the word craft in this blog, I am referring to an honorable and worthy body of work that can mature and grow with development and practice. Of course, building our management craft is not automatic. To improve our ability to manage well (making a positive difference to the organization and team, getting results) we must acknowledge our privileged and important role and continuously grow.
Frankly, I get tired of hearing about how worthless middle managers are or how awful it is to be a middle manager. It can be the BEST job out there because middle managers can make a lot happen and have a significant impact on the business. To be sure, there are awful managers and undesirable management jobs.
And I wish we would stop comparing leadership and management. Leadership is often touted as the higher level work and management something less. Leadership is leadership and management is management. Just like project management and meeting facilitation are different type tasks, so it goes with leadership and management. Both are important although I have seen more companies struggle to meet their goals due to poor or missing management than I have because of lacking leadership.
Not to knock leadership, which I also consider a craft. It is just not what interests me most.
What do you think? Are you a manager? Are you having fun managing? What does management look like to you?
============================================That was post #1. I agree with 95% of it today, so that's good. I have developed my notion of leadership a bit since then.
Will I go another 1000 posts? Who knows. It depends on a lot of things, including you. I write to build my brain muscles and I write to be read, so as long as my readers remain engaged and interested, that will keep me interested too.
I would love to kick off year #4 by addressing your burning questions in the areas of management, leadership, OD, HR or training. Drop a comment or an email with the topic or questions you would like me to address.
Growing is good - please help.
To help Management Craft grow and expand, share this blog with three colleagues this week. It will be fun to infuse our online community with additional bubbling brains.