ieee-usa in action - fall 2011 - (Page 14)
E-Book Series on “Leading and Managing” Launches
By sharon c. richardson Gerard “Gus” Gaynor, retired director of engineering at 3M, has completed the first e-book in the new IEEE-USA e-book series, Leading and Managing Engineering and Technology. “As a society, we focus on leadership as demonstrated by politicians, industry executives, and individual efforts related to some major accomplishment,” writes Gaynor. Book 1: Perspectives on Leading and Managing focuses on technical professionals and their managers. Gaynor refers to Frederick W. Taylor, author of Shop Management, whose principles of management were believed to be a “command control management style: Do what you’re told to do, and the way you are told to do it.” This style brings about a level of fear in employees of losing their jobs, Gaynor writes. Further, “In this day and age where knowledge workers represent the majority of the work force, many academics in the various management areas continue to talk about managing people. Organizations must recognize that knowledge workers cannot be managed: the more appropriate way is to manage their activities, or their productivity and performance.” Book 1 in this new series includes topics such as: changing the social paradigm; the differences among leaders, managers and manager-leaders; leader training; leadership styles; the role of scientific management; expectations from technical professionals; a historical perspective on leadership; and results from leadership research. In the chapter, A Few Caveats, Gaynor talks about situations where talents and
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