A Guide to City Zoning; an Example of Management Organising

I asked the water company engineer why his company was digging up the street in front of my family’s house for the second time in a few years.  He answered my question with a frown and a sigh.  “I have to install new pipes because of that new building,” he replied as he pointed atContinue reading “A Guide to City Zoning; an Example of Management Organising”

What Organising Really Means

There are four (4) basic functions to management:  planning, organising, directing, and controlling.  We can picture what planning, directing, and controlling are.  They’re kind of straightforward and self-explanatory.  Organising, however, is not.  When we “organise,” what’s the first thing that comes to mind?  We perhaps think of putting our stuff in order, like filing awayContinue reading “What Organising Really Means”

Owning versus Managing: What’s the Difference?

Do you own the business or do you manage the business?* A senior member of the board of trustees of a high-rise building walked into its administration office and asked the accountant there to order parts for a diesel generator set.  The senior board member believed that the generator needed a minor repair and notContinue reading “Owning versus Managing: What’s the Difference?”

Management is Not Leading, and It Isn’t Staffing Either

First thing I was taught as a management trainee at a large multinational corporation in 1985 was that there are four (4) basic functions to managing.  These are:  Planning, Organising, Directing, Controlling. In 2021, when I search for “management functions” on the Internet, the results mostly are:  Planning. Organising, Leading, Controlling, and Staffing. Leading hadContinue reading “Management is Not Leading, and It Isn’t Staffing Either”