Friday, December 28, 2018

History and Management

book lot on black wooden shelf

As a management consultant, I am expected to study management and organizations. The latter subject covers a lot of territory and it often involves the study of history. That should not be a surprise. History is filled with decisions and mistakes and it is a source of lessons that can be applied to the modern day.

It is not difficult to find organizations that favor the McClellans over the Grants and the Halifaxes over the Churchills. I've also seen Maginot Lines, purges, and New Deals. Few large organizations are without a Siberia.

My advice to executives, managers, and supervisors is to read the management tomes but also tuck in some history. It helps to know when Alcibiades is in the boardroom or if a project is a moon launch, a Gallipoli or a Vietnam.

[Photo by Giammarco Boscaro at Unsplash]

No comments: