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Myths of Management: What People Get Wrong About Being the Boss

by Stefan Stern and Cary Cooper Kogan Page
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Is it really true that working longer hours makes you more successful? Do you really need to hide your emotions in order to gain respect as a manager? Does higher pay really always lead to higher performance?

The world of management is blighted by fads, fiction and falsehoods. In Myths of Management, Cary Cooper and Stefan Stern take you on an entertaining journey through the most famous myths surrounding the much-written about topic of management. They debunk false assumptions, inject truth into over-simplifications and tackle damaging habits head-on. Fascinating insights from psychology, leadership theory and organizational behaviour provide you with a compelling and practical guide to avoid falling into the trap of cliché, misinformation and prejudice. This engaging read offers you authentic insights into the reality of work, drawn from extensive research and real-world business examples, to give you the essential knowledge you need to become a better manager.

Whether cheesy, naïve or even destructive, management myths could be holding you back and stifling your team's potential. Myths of Management is the guide you need to become an enlightened manager.


    • Chapter - 24: Myth 24 - Leadership Must Be Transformational;
    • Chapter - 25: Myth 25 - Conformity Leads to Success;
    • Chapter - 26: Myth 26 - Feelings are Soft and for Losers;
    • Chapter - 27: Myth 27 - Keep Your Distance if You Want Respect;
    • Chapter - 28: Myth 28 - Be Yourself -- It's All About Authenticity;
    • Chapter - 29: Myth 29 - Date of Birth is Destiny;
    • Chapter - 30: Myth 30 - People are Motivated by Money;
    • Chapter - 31: Myth 31 - Fear Works and 'Engagement' is Unnecessary;
    • Chapter - 32: Myth 32 - The Business Case Will Always Prove Persuasive;
    • Chapter - 33: Myth 33 - There's Nothing Wrong with the Business, there's just a Few Rotten Apples;
    • Chapter - 34: Myth 34 - We Have Woken Up to the Problems Caused by Prejudice;
    • Chapter - 35: Myth 35 - All the Power Resides at the Top;
    • Chapter - 36: Myth 36 - People Will Learn if you Explain Things to them Clearly;
    • Chapter - 37: Myth 37 - You Must Keep Up with all the New Management Ideas and Give Them a Try;
    • Chapter - 38: Myth 38 - You've Got to Talk Like a Real, Serious, Grown-Up Business Person. Learn the Jargon;
    • Chapter - 39: Myth 39 - You Can't Manage People if You Can't See Them;
    • Chapter - 40: Myth 40 - Who Needs Employees Anyway? Get With the Gig Economy;
    • Chapter - 41: Myth 41 - People Hate Change;
    • Chapter - 42: Myth 42 - Big Data Will Fix Everything;
    • Chapter - 43: Myth 43 - A Cool Office Will Make Everybody More Creative;
    • Chapter - 44: Myth 44 - There are Only 44 Things to Get Wrong
    • Chapter - 23: Myth 23 - The Robots are Coming to Take Your Job;
    • Chapter - 22: Myth 22 - Psychology is Psychobabble and there's No Need or Place for it;
    • Chapter - 21: Myth 21 - Pay Must be Kept Confidential;
    • Chapter - 20: Myth 20 - It is Not Possible to Work Flexibly in Senior Roles;
    • Chapter - 19: Myth 19 - The Boss with the Best Strategy Wins;
    • Chapter - 18: Myth 18 - Heroic Leaders Can Change Entire Organizations on their Own;
    • Chapter - 17: Myth 17 - You Have to Know Everything that is Going On;
    • Chapter - 16: Myth 16 - Your First 100 Days in a New Job are Make or Break;
    • Chapter - 15: Myth 15 - Leaders are Born Not Made;
    • Chapter - 14: Myth 14 - . but Women Don't Really Want Top Jobs;
    • Chapter - 13: Myth 13 - Information Must be Controlled and Limited;
    • Chapter - 12: Myth 12 - Annual Appraisals Help You Manage Performance;
    • Chapter - 11: Myth 11 - You Have to Pay Top Dollar to Get the Right Person;
    • Chapter - 10: Myth 10 - Leadership is More Important than Management;
    • Chapter - 09: Myth 9 - Only Hire People Who Will Fit In;
    • Chapter - 08: Myth 8 - Consistency is Essential;
    • Chapter - 07: Myth 7 - Hierarchy is Finished;
    • Chapter - 06: Myth 6 - You Need to be the Smartest Person in the Room;
    • Chapter - 05: Myth 5 - It's Lonely at the Top;
    • Chapter - 04: Myth 4 - It's Important Not to Show Vulnerability or Doubt;
    • Chapter - 03: Myth 3 - Long Hours Will Lead to Success;
    • Chapter - 02: Myth 2 - It's Tough at the Top;
    • Chapter - 01: Myth 1 - There is One Right Way to Lead or Manage;
    • Chapter - 00: Introduction;

"Stern and Cooper have written a wonderful book to remind us of the basic, beyond-the-hype, essence of management. Purely and simply, it 's about the people."
Stefan Stern has been writing about management and leadership for over two decades. He has worked for the BBC, Management Today magazine and the Financial Times, where he was the management columnist between 2006 and 2010. He continues to write for the FT, the Guardian and the International Business Times. He is Visiting Professor in management practice at Cass Business School, City University, London?. He is also director of the High Pay Centre, a think tank which looks at the issue of top pay.

Cary L. Cooper is Distinguished Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health, and former Pro Vice Chancellor at Lancaster University. He is the author/editor of over 120 books (on occupational stress, women at work and industrial and organizational psychology), has written over 400 scholarly articles for academic journals, and is a frequent contributor to national newspapers, TV and radio. He is currently Founding Editor of the Journal of Organizational Behavior and Editor-in-Chief of the medical journal Stress & Health. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, The Royal Society of Arts, The Royal Society of Medicine, The Royal Society of Public Health, The British Academy of Management and an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences. Professor Cooper is past President of the British Academy of Management, is a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute and one of the first UK based Fellows of the (American) Academy of Management (having also won the 1998 Distinguished Service Award for his contribution to management science from the Academy of Management). In 2001, Cary was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for his contribution to occupational safety and health. He holds Honorary Doctorates from Aston University (DSc), Heriot-Watt University (DLitt), Middlesex University (Doc. Univ) and Wolverhampton University (DBA); an Honorary Fellowship of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine in 2005, was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians (Hon FRCP) in 2006, in 2007 a Life Time Achievement Award from the Division of Occupational Psychology of the British Psychological Society and in 2008 an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (College of Occupational Medicine). Professor Cooper has been Chair of the UK's Academy of Social Sciences since July 2009. He is now Chair of the Chronic Disease and Wellbeing Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum

Professor Cooper is the Editor-in-Chief of the international scholarly Blackwell Encyclopedia of Management (13 Volume set), the Editor of Who's Who in the Management Sciences and on the Editorial Boards of many scholarly journals. He has been an adviser to two UN agencies; the World Health Organisation and the ILO; published a major report for the EU's European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Work Conditions on `Stress Prevention in the Workplace', produced a scientific review for the WHO/ILO on workplace violence in the health sector internationally, and was a special adviser to the Defense Committee of the House of Commons on their Duty of Care enquiry (2004-05). Professor Cooper is former Chair of The Sunningdale Institute, a think tank on management organizational issues, in the National School of Government. He was also the lead scientist to the UK Government Office for Science on their Foresight programme on Mental Capital and Well Being (2007-2008), and was appointed a member of the expert group on establishing guidance for the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence on 'promoting mental wellbeing through productive and healthy working conditions', 2009.

Professor Cooper is also the President of the Institute of Welfare, President of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, a national Ambassador of The Samaritans, a Patron of the Anxiety UK, and Patron of the National Bullying Helpline. HR Magazine named him the 6th Most Influential Thinker in HR in 2009.