Firefighting, Leadership

No-Brainer Management, Part 2

Issue 2 and Volume 167.

BY ALAN BRUNACINI In our last installment, we started a discussion about a writing and teaching project I am currently involved in where I have attempted to create a simple, basic set of categories of the major skills a boss must have to be effective. It seems to me that we can do better and be better if we develop and apply a regular approach to doing the majority of things that are involved in performing as a boss. I call this project “No-Brainer Management.” I have discovered that attempting to create a short description of what a manager does requires going the long way around a lot of the complex things people do to first of all control themselves so they can somehow manage and lead anything and anyone else. Writing this in very simple terms is a little like the attempt to try to put a slippery oyster…

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