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Ch 1: Management Basics

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Watch management video lessons and learn management basics, like the levels of management and the roles of managers. These video lessons are short and engaging and make learning easy!

Management Basics - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Don't let everything you've heard about management cloud your mind. Get the truth from our video lessons! You'll learn about top, middle and low-level management. Our lessons will tell it like it is and you'll soon see why some of those managers you love to hate are actually in a similar position as you, the lowly employee. Find out why there are different levels of management, so you can fully understand the role of management at each level.

Being a manager isn't as easy as sitting in a back office occasionally tapping on a computer keyboard. There's a lot of responsibility resting on the shoulders of a manager. Our lessons will help you to learn what it takes to be a good manager. You'll study specific skills, such as those of the interpersonal, conceptual and technical variety, that a good manager needs to possess. We'll also go over how a good manager promotes employee productivity, and we'll take a look at Henry Mintzberg's definition of managerial roles.

Lessons will take a deeper look into the four main functions of a manager. These apply to any level of management and define the main things a manager must do to create success in a business. You'll see how planning and organizing are important to good management. You'll also study the roles of leading and controlling in management. Our lessons will show you some real examples, so you can fully understand what it is that managers do. After watching our lessons, the next time you see a manager sitting in a back room, you probably won't be so quick to assume they're doing nothing, and you'll have a better understanding of just how hard their job really is. Thanks for watching!

6 Lessons in Chapter 1: Management Basics
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Management in Organizations: Top, Middle & Low-Level Managers

1. Management in Organizations: Top, Middle & Low-Level Managers

The role of a manager in organizations is complex. While managers can come in different shapes and sizes they all share the task of utilizing people and resources to achieve organizational goals. This lesson will discuss the roles and functions of management found in each of the three levels of management.

Managerial Skills: How Good Managers Promote Productivity

2. Managerial Skills: How Good Managers Promote Productivity

This lesson will discuss the types of skills a manager needs, including technical, human, and conceptual skills. You'll learn how each of these skill sets impacts a manager's ability to effectively lead his or her employees.

Henry Mintzberg's Managerial Roles

3. Henry Mintzberg's Managerial Roles

There are many roles a manager has within an organization. Henry Mintzberg describes ten specific managerial roles most commonly seen within organizations. This lesson will discuss each of these roles and what behaviors are associated with them.

Four Functions of Management: Planning, Organizing, Leading & Controlling

4. Four Functions of Management: Planning, Organizing, Leading & Controlling

A person who holds a management position inside an organization is required to think strategically and conceptually in order to achieve organizational goals. This lesson will describe the four functions of management and how they relate to organizational success.

Leading as a Function of Management

5. Leading as a Function of Management

This lesson teaches you about leading as a function of management by examining the surprising similarities between two very different leadership scenarios: leadership at war and leadership in the workplace.

Management vs. Leadership: The Difference Between a Manager & Leader

6. Management vs. Leadership: The Difference Between a Manager & Leader

Are all managers leaders? Are all leaders managers? This lesson presents arguments that place a manager and a leader into two separate categories, each with their own defining characteristics.

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