Why Management?


Why do we spend so much time on this topic of management?  It’s dry.  It’s boring.  It seems to be the sort of thing that an accountant or a spreadsheet freak would be interested in.  At best we could maybe say that it is interesting because it sounds like corporate execs would talk about it and they make a lot of money.  Or something.

In reality, the entire subject of management is so often viewed as a necessary evil–something that you must do to survive, but that if you could somehow delegate, would make your life far happier.  Management is kind of like one of those things that people have to do to keep their business from dying.  They’re sort of thrust into it because without it they have no building or phones or staff, but it isn’t something they necessarily relish.  Probably they got into whatever field they’re in so they could actually practice that field, not manage people or deal with the problems of management.

And the truth is that management is an entire subject complete unto itself.  It really isn’t the same as the trade that the business owner is in; it is a skill and discipline of its own.  It is the skill of correctly dealing with and handling groups and resources.  It is the skill of survival and expansion in groups.  It’s really the skill of living.  At its core management really isn’t about accounting.  It isn’t about figures and spreadsheets; it’s about survival.  It’s about success.  It’s about growth.  It’s about expansion.

Everyone has goals and dreams.  Everyone has something they are shooting for.  Everyone has some overall betterment that they envision for their own square yard of this Earth.  The difference between how they are currently living and how they’d like to be living is often fraught with heart-wrenching agony and ulcer-causing anxieties.  It’s that difference that is their own path they must wend through the mountains of confusion (or sometimes dynamite straight through solid rock) on their way to the ultimate goals they’ve set for themselves in life.

If you really sit down and talk to people and find out what they’re trying to achieve, it isn’t about a bottom line.  It’s about happiness.  It’s about quality of life.  It’s about LIFE.  People are trying to get things done because they’re going somewhere.  They want to make a better life for themselves and their family.  They’d like to have more time to do what they want in life.  They’d like to have more money to spend on what they want.  They’d like to have more moments with their kids like the ones they have in their memories–and hopefully before their kids are too old.  Those milestones of their life go by quickly, and they’d probably like to be in whatever state they feel they need to be in so they can enjoy them.

Oftentimes people just want more time off or less stress for themselves.  These things are pretty easily achieved for any business owner with a sensible program of organization.  However, sometimes the goals people make for themselves are far greater, involving faith and ideals and politics.  The finer things in life and the higher echelons of human activity beckon and people many times have goals bigger than themselves, their family and even their community.  How to make these happen?  How to reach out and touch the mirage of personal dreams?

This is management.  This is real management.

Management is how to win, how to organize, how to succeed.  Management isn’t a motivational speech, nor is it a self-help guru.  Management is the profession, skill and knowledge of how to organize and direct people and resources to achieve one’s goals.  Management is taking something that isn’t in such a good state and then skillfully moving it to the state one wants it to be.  It is a separate skill set from everything else.  A person skilled in management can manage any number of things.  It really has its own laws and rules, just like any other profession.

Management is about taking the hot, fast and often brutal nature of life and shaping it into a winning picture for YOU.  Given all the different components and elements you are handed, how to take this motley patchwork of impossibilities and turn it into your dream?  That, my friend is management.  We’re talking all of the success and happiness anyone ever dreamed of for themselves, their families and their friends.

And so management is actually about all the fun things a person ever wanted to do, all the success a person ever wanted to have, and all the personal achievement a person ever hoped for himself.  In a chaotic and often unfair world, management is about taking the clay of “one’s lot in life” and shaping it into the beautiful and perfect sculpture of one’s dreams.

And that’s why management.


Matt Hanses

Hanses Management


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