Why Manage Better?

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Why Manage Better?

Over the past few weeks I have distilled my messaging to one phrase – Manage Better. I have a website, a podcast, a LinkedIn group by the same name and two recent webinars I have conducted use the same theme.
Why this focus on an innocuous and non glamorous theme?
Firstly, managing better is not anti-leadership. Leadership is needed more than ever in the world. My strong belief however is that we need effective managers to get things done. The things that make a leader’s vision come true. Hundreds, maybe thousands of people need to do what the leader wants to be done. We already know, from examples in scores of companies and countries, what happens when there are too many leaders showing direction. Now, this is not a post in favour of dictatorship but one in support of getting things done – effective management.
Leadership is of course more glamorous to sell books and courses on. It’s very useful to sell a pipe-dream to millions of people that they can be a leader. They can’t. leadership by definition is for a few. The only place where leadership has delivered or survived – look around – are some countries where there was a singular or high density of power and influence, companies where some leaders (or maybe even just one) inspired thousands to get a big job done. Countries and companies that have multiple diametric leadership do not actually achieve much. Yes, of course the big advantage of multiple centers of powers is that its an insurance against absolute power. This could surely be an issue with countries as absolute power could corrupt absolutely.
For a leader’s vision to be implemented one needs people who can get things done. This is management. Good effective management. And improving how we get things done is to Manage Better. Daily. Weekly. Monthly.
Over the last 50 years some leading authors have tried to bring good management to the fore. Most notable are Peter Drucker and Henry Mintzberg. Their efforts have however been blunted by the deluge of ‘Leadership’ vs ‘Management’ infographic style LinkedIn posts that are backed by no data and are designed to show management as either useless or not required. Leadership cannot deliver without effective management.
It’s the same story as with Strategy and Execution in my view. If having a Strategy was enough then life would be simple. Everyone has a Strategy. But Execution makes the difference. Some of the most best-selling books of last 25 years indicate the same as well. Check Jim Collins’s two bestsellers – Good to Great and Built to Last; Nitnin Nohria’s – What Really Works; and my favorite, Ram Charan’s – Execution. All four books point to the important of Execution and Effective Management. And of course the classics – The Practice of Management by Peter Drucker and Managing by Henry Minzberg show the light we all need to see.
I convinced we need more voices to support Managing Better. Hence this website. I will continue to post on this topic and look forward to you reading and supporting. If you want to post or want to connect please drop me a line and we can collaborate.
Manage Better.

Friday, April 24, 2020

Slides from my Webinar on getting 1% better every week - Manage Better

You can find the slides here.

Topic was - Manage Better for personal transformation. I focused on small 1% improvements. Also called micro habits.

Will post a recording link later when it's ready.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Managing remotely - Webinar

Managing Remotely - Anshuman Tiwari

Here is a link to a recording of my recent webinar on managing remotely. It's a bit longer than I wanted at 25 mins but some useful tips and lessons in there. Let me know if you have feedback for me.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Lessons in Managing Remotely

Delivered a webinar on managing remotely this morning. Was interesting to distill my learnings on this topic to#managebetter

I spoke primarily around discipline when we work from home and engaging and trusting when we manage a team remotely.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Podcast # 5 - Women's Day special episode - Geetha Kannan of Wequity


In this episode we talk to Geetha Kannan, founder and CEO of www.Wequity.tech - a forum dedicated to bringing equality through equity. We discuss at length how we can make the world more equal for women in tech. While the discussion is around women in tech the discussion is relevant for all men and women who want to make a difference and manage better.

This podcast and a transcript will be available on my new website www.managebetter.in 

Monday, February 24, 2020

Podcast #4 - Interview with Carmit Berdugo Cohen

Hello Friends. I am Anshuman Tiwari and this is my podcast now called Manage Better www.managebetter.in with Anshuman Tiwari. This podcast was earlier called Operational Excellence and I am expanding it to – Manage Better. I am hoping to bring to you best practices and stories from all aspects of managing better. If you like these episodes please share it across your network. And please do subscribe so you get to know when the next episode is available. 
Today I bring to you a very interesting guest. She is from Israel and a well known quality Consultant there. We have interacted for a while and I have been impressed with her passion for quality. This is a story we all need to hear.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

All work is not equal - Using Runner Repeaters and Strangers for better outcomes!

A podcast version of this post is available at https://www.buzzsprout.com/792494/episodes/2487359 

Hello friends. I am Anshuman Tiwari, and this is my podcast on Quality and Operational Excellence. I call it the The Operational Excellence Advantage and am hoping to bring you views on how we all can use operational excellence as a competitive advantage at work. I will share my views and occasionally invite others from the industry to share lessons you can use. Your feedback is essential and always welcome.

Today I want to share a key concept in Operational Excellence that is often missed out in the rush of getting things done and fighting a fire a day. I have often said that Operational Excellence is a balance of theory and practice. Most of us are consumed by the practice and do not take the time to stop and ask ourselves – what is the theory behind this? Is there a better theory I can use? What are others doing about this issue?

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Five Questions to Review your Year and make 2020 Awesome!

This post is also available as a Podcast at http://opexadvantage.buzzsprout.com/

Okay so the deluge of new year wishes would have now subsided a bit. Before we forget we are in a new year – here are my best wishes for the new year for you all.

Another year is ending and if you are like most others you have let it pass by. Now, I don’t want to spoil your new year joy but am hoping to point you to review your last year with some critical questions. I have done this over the last several years and found such questioning useful and wanted to share in the hope that the questions will help you as well.

Asking questions
Why do we need to ask questions of ourselves? Well, primarily because we don’t like or let others ask them of us. Questions help any progress possible. The first step is always a question. Often unanswered, at least initially. We need questions. We may not have the answers always, but we need questions. No progress is possible without a good question.