Summary of Estrategia, H.Mintzberg

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The video features Dr. Henry Mintzberg discussing the importance of both leadership and management, and how they must be combined in order to be effective. He provides examples of successful leaders and managers, and offers advice on how to have a successful career break. He argues that the current system for electing corporate CEOs is flawed and that corporations should focus on serving their customers and building a sense of community.

  • 00:00:00 The professor discusses the idea that leadership and management must be combined, and that a Harvard Business School degree does not necessarily create managers or leaders. He suggests that leaders and managers can be taken from previous leaders and managers, and that the classroom environment allows for their growth and understanding of themselves.
  • 00:05:00 The author discusses the characteristics of effective leaders, which include thinking for oneself, being able to relate to others, and being able to make decisions. He also mentions that no leader is perfect, and that there is no one magic formula for becoming one.
  • 00:10:00 The author admires people who are able to think calmly and quietly under pressure, such as Kofi Annan and Merkel. He believes that this is a problem in American politics because the current crop of politicians are not able to compare favorably to their predecessors in terms of ability to manage government. Obama, in particular, is seen as a very thoughtful leader surrounded by excellent advisors. However, the author has some ambivalence about Obama because he doesn't always agree with his own policies.
  • 00:15:00 The author provides advice on how to have a successful career break, citing examples such as Franklin Roosevelt and Kofi Annan. He suggests that if you want to learn about management, earn your managerial stripes by working in an industry you like and then coming to Harvard Business School.
  • 00:20:00 Dr. Mintzberg discusses the strategy used by McKinsey & Company to elect their CEO, which involves a closed vote of their senior management. He argues that this system is flawed because it does not account for the results of the leader's actions. He believes that the 21st century corporation should focus on serving its customers and building a sense of community.

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