Management is the
administration of an organization, whether it is a business, a not-for-profit
organization, or government body. Planning, organizing, actuating, and
controlling. Planning is thinking of an actions in advance. Organizing is
coordination of the human and material resources of an organization. Actuating
is motivation and direction of subordinates. I’ve selected five
management concepts, each of which replaces a common, but dysfunctional, way of
thinking. These concepts, which are based upon 20 years of close observance of
a myriad of corporate cultures, cover the five most important elements of management:
What is business all about? What is a corporation all about? What is management
all about? What is an employee supposed to be? What is the best use of
technology? Managers who get these five elements straight tend to be successful
and have successful teams.
The Most Underrated Management Concept: Task Relevant
Maturity. Not understanding Task Relevant Maturity (TRM) creates a lot of
problems for managers and their teams that can cascade into big issues. It can
lead to failure when delegating (like the comic above), a loss of confidence by
your best people, and an inability to deliver great results in an ever-changing
market. Fortunately, these problems can be easily avoided.
Given how critical those issues are, we’re going to be sure
you fully understand TRM. By the end of this post, you’re going to understand
what this management concept is, who coined the phrase, and how you can apply
it as a manager today.
The planning function of management controls all the planning
that allows the organization to run smoothly. Planning involves defining a goal
and determining the most effective course of action needed to reach that goal.
Typically, planning involves flexibility, as the planner must coordinate with
all levels of management and leadership in the organization. Planning also
involves knowledge of the company’s resources and the future objectives of the
The staffing function of management controls all recruitment
and personnel needs of the organization. The main purpose of staffing is to
hire the right people for the right jobs to achieve the objectives of the
organization. Staffing involves more than just recruitment; staffing also
encompasses training and development, performance appraisals, promotions and
transfers. Without the staffing function, the business would fail because the
business would not be properly staffed to meet its goals.