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So, David Beckham is no longer an England player and Fabio Capello has drawn the tabloid wrath for the manner in which the end of DB’s England career was made known. It has been described as very poor management by Capello and apparently draws into question his ability and fitness to be England manager. This of course is the manager who guided AC Milan, Roma and Real Madrid to sustained periods of success.

I suppose it also shows that one person’s man-management is another person’s despotism and I can recall one of my previous colleagues who inspired dread in those who didn’t work for him and a real fondness and respect in those who did. It also shows that this management thing isn’t easy. If it was you wouldn’t find a gazillion books on how to be a good manager on the shelves in your local book shop. The fact that those gazillion books contain an equal number of different theories of management only demonstrates further the complexities of the issues involved.

One thing which does appear constant in those who are considered good managers (and leaders for that matter) is that they command the respect of their teams. It is difficult to do that over a long period if your chosen method to inspire respect is the creation of fear in your team (although cue my staff now flooding this web-site with complaints about my medieval management style!). You can command respect in many ways but not asking your staff to do anything you wouldn’t be prepared to do yourself is a good start.

Paul

Posted: 12/08/2010 15:00:55
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