Warren Bennis in his book of the same title, claims that managing people is like herding cats.  Of course, as Bennis points out, Cats won’t allow themselves to be herded –  they can however, be persuaded, influenced and led toward a common purpose.  The key message here is that management is becoming less relevant in […]

Mary Parker Follett – Pioneer of Modern Management and Negotiation theory

Mary Parker Follett was referred to by Peter Drucker as the prophet of management – Follett viewed bureaucratic organisations with their hierarchical forms as basically being unfit for purpose and preferred the concepts of network organisational forms, collaboration, and integrative bargaining – essentially the idea of people working together to achieve more than they could […]