Myths of Management 2nd Ed.

Dispel the misconceptions and become an influential manager

Stefan Stern, Cary L. Cooper

Publisher: Kogan Page, 2023, 260 pages

ISBN: 978-1-3986-0774-3

Keywords: Management

Last modified: Aug. 3, 2023, 7:04 p.m.

Does working longer hours makes you more successful?

Do you need to hide your emotions in order to gain respect as a manager?

How important are the first 100 days?

The world of management is blighted by fads, fantasies and falsehoods. In Myths of Management, Stefan Stern and Cary Cooper take you on an entertaining journey through over 35 of the most famous management myths. In this updated second edition, they debunk false assumptions, inject truth into oversimplifications and tackle damaging habits head on. Myths of Management is the guide you need to become an enlightened manager.

  • Myth 1 There is one right way to lead or manage
  • Myth 2 It's tough at the top
  • Myth 3 Long hours will lead to success
  • Myth 4 Consistency is everything: it's important not to show vulnerability or doubt
  • Myth 5 It's lonely at the top
  • Myth 6 You need to be the smartest person in the room
  • Myth 7 Hierarchy is finished
  • Myth 8 Only hire people who will fit in
  • Myth 9 Leadership is more important than management
  • Myth 10 You have to pay top dollar to get the right person (and keep it confidential)
  • Myth 11 Annual appraisals help you manage performance
  • Myth 12 Information must be controlled and limited
  • Myth 13 We have woken up to the problems caused by prejudice
  • Myth 14 Your first 100 days in a new job are make or break
  • Myth 15 You have to know everything that is going on
  • Myth 16 Heroic leaders can transition entire organizations on their own
  • Myth 17 The boss with the best strategy wins
  • Myth 18 Psychology and feelings don't matter
  • Myth 19 The robots are coming to take your job
  • Myth 20 Conformity leads to success
  • Myth 21 Keep your distance if you want respect
  • Myth 22 Date of birth is destiny
  • Myth 23 People are motivated by money
  • Myth 24 Fear works and 'engagement' is unnecessary
  • Myth 25 The business case will always prove persuasive
  • Myth 26 There's nothing wrong with the business, there's just a few rotten apples
  • Myth 27 All the power resides at the top
  • Myth 28 People will learn if you explain things to them clearly
  • Myth 29 You must keep up with all the new management ideas and give them a try
  • Myth 30 You've got to talk like a real, serious, grown-up business person. Learn the jargon
  • Myth 31 You can't manage people if you can't see them
  • Myth 32 Who needs employees anyway? Get with the gig economy
  • Myth 33 People hate change
  • Myth 34 Big data will fix everything