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Developing Management Skill Book

Developing Management Skills, Whetten and Cameron
I am currently reading ‘Developing Management Skill’ book. It is written by David A. Whetten and Kim S. Cameron and published by Pearson Prentice Hall. The book is not about management like in organization, or making profits, or gaining market share, or branding (work setting). It is about managing one self, relationship with other, and to do well in an organization and society.
It’s a good book. But, I am still in the first chapter. I have red the introduction part anyway. It explains what is in the books. The essential Management Skills.I am going to post things I learned from the book in this blog. I will digest the book and write the essentials things from the book here.
In the introduction part, the writers told us that even the world is changing, one thing is not really changed. It remains relatively constant. It is the effective human interaction. Sadly, that even that the principles of effective relationship have been demonstrated. These principles have not always been practised. What we know and what we demonstrate do not always match. The introduction part includes a  ‘Paradox of Our Time’ by Dr. Bob Moorehead (Words Aptly Spoken, Overlake Christian Bookstore, Seattle). It is very notable. His description is as follows.
“The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider freeways but narrower viewpoints. We spend more but have less; we buy more but enjoy it less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more convenience but less time. We have more degrees but less sense; more knowledge but less judgement; more experts but more problems; more medicine but less wellness. We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry too quickly, stay up too late, get too tired, read too seldom, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom. We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often. We have learned how to make a living but not a life; we have added years to life but no life to years. We have been all the way to the moon and back but have troubles crossing the street to meet the new neighbour. 

We have conquered outer space but not inner space. We have done larger things but not better things. We have cleaned up the air but polluted the soul. We have split the atom but not our prejudice. We write more but learn less. We plan more but accomplish less. We have learned to rush but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information to produce more copies than ever but have less communication. These are the times of fast food and slow digestion; tall men and short character; steep profits and shallow relationship. These are the times of world peace but domestic warfare; more leisure but less fun; more kinds of food but less nutrition. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, of fancier houses but broken homes. These are the days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throw-away morality, one-night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer to quite to kill. It is a time when there is much in the show window and nothing in the stockroom.”
The rest of the introduction part is really interesting. It summarizes that Developing Management Skills is meant to help us to better manage many aspects of our life and relationship, to help us actually change our behaviour to improve our competence, and to improve our social and emotional intelligence. The true intelligence is not how much we know how to do, but how behave when we don’t know what to do (John Hold, 1964). The book goal is to foster the development of such intelligence.
Hmm, All right. Have a good day!
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