There’s a Manager inside all of us, except that one may choose not to Awaken this quality for Coping with Change! The second half of the 20th Century saw a big craze for Management education with foundations from World War II. Many new fields have emerged with the flavor of Management with most of us aspiring to be Managers and grappling to the challenges of coming up.
We call this 2KSkill because Management Education especially needs to be contextualized. Maybe an approach that entails the need to get back to the Basics! They say that to rise higher, you have to take a dip, introspect and then chart the course of the comeback. Management Education has not only to acquire an attractive package but get strong at its core. We take a journey of Back to School and see that most of us learned in school were the basic tenets of management that we fail to apply or hire experts for the same.
MATHEMATICS has relevance in terms of topics of ratio and proportion, profit and loss, simple and compound interest; a bit of permutation and combinations; and a good knowledge of probability. This is the basis of the field of Finance
SCIENCE that was split as PHYSICS, CHEMISTRY, and BIOLOGY was seen as a scoring subject without understanding the basics. Physics taught the Newtons’ three Laws of Motion, Potential and Kinetic energy, principles of magnetism, electrical circuits, flow of currents that can provide parallels in organizations. Chemistry and Biology perhaps give you the basis for classification of elements (periodic table), germination, growth, reaction, and aspects of organisms (taxonomy) respectively that act as the basis of structure in management.
LANGUAGES especially had their share of learning, though proficiency in ENGLISH was the most appreciated.
SOCIAL SCIENCES comprised HISTORY, GEOGRAPHY, and CIVICS.
HISTORY taught you about the Kings, personalities, freedom struggles, battles, and the maxims that you had to derive as learning. The current nations, countries, regions and their evolution, the current ramifications on trade and commerce and so on were an important foundation to learn.
Coming to some of the important subjects that were also the most neglected by us in terms of studying are Geography; Civics; Community Living; and Moral Science.
GEOGRAPHY a taught one about the solar system, planet, stars, places, oceans and the important terms of recession and depression that seem to have a higher application in economics. Another important aspect of geography was when you calculated the timings based on Latitude and Longitude, but forgot to apply the same when you became Managers. Traveling to the US from India would mean that they are typically 12 hours behind, so what would it mean in terms of organizing your day.
One is only able to rattle a word called jetlag, but not understand the basis of jetlag is actually in the Latitude and Longitude and the Greenwich Mean Time. Some carry winter clothes to Australia in December to only discover that Southern Hemisphere has summer when the Northern Hemisphere has Winter. Closer home one should also have sensitivities to understand the local language of the state, region and the distances. The discipline of Marketing has its foundation in Geography
CIVICS taught you about Governments, Structures, Constitution, the hierarchy of Government bureaucracy, central list, state lists, and concurrent lists. The subject also covered topics like Importance of Governance, the relevance of policymaking that legislatures frame, and citizen rights. Apathy towards this basic information only makes us rattle two sentences – Freedom of Speech and Expression, without knowing what it means.
Community Living taught you about Civic sense, Social Responsibility, and, Sustainability. These have not only become disciplines in themselves today but almost compliance that managers need to adhere for their companies. Moral Sciences taught you about Ethics and Spirituality.
It dealt with moral values, specifying certain ways and behavior that you have got to follow in order to mingle and get alone in society in order to keep up your relationship. These were mostly about rules and procedures that showed justice towards the society. Other Subjects evolved during later years of School or early years of College, forming the foundation of Human Resources or People Management.
Softer Skills that one learns over the years are to the ability to make the decision by Assessing your present position and goals and choosing the best route to reach there. One has to gather the requisite organization support around, by effectively managing stress and developing assertiveness skills.
Thanks to the pace of technology, that the ability to exploit information technology comes naturally to all of us. Not just Reading, Writing and Learning, but being keen in all three aspects to assimilate the maximum and emerge as an effective communicator is a key too.
With everything becoming visual, representing data as visuals have gained importance. This is also to do with effective presentation skills. One has to develop skills in using diagrams; Brain patterns or mind maps; Relationship diagrams and other software that aid in this. As one would increasingly deal in numbers, the need to also effectively master using numbers assumes great importance. One will constantly encounter challenges in Representing numbers; Range; Distribution and histograms; Bar charts; Pie charts; Graphs; Estimating; Rounding; Fractions, percentages, and ratios; and; using equations.
The rapid growth of knowledge useful to management will demand a higher quality of managers. The need for managers will increase with the development of more complex enterprises.
Management Education has to get custom made to fulfill the requirement of the emerging specialized fields and endeavor to create an atmosphere where the students effectively learn, explore and emerge of custodians of today so that they can grow into well-groomed leaders of tomorrow.
Is it time that Managers focus more on pursuing entrepreneurship or intrapreneurial roles, rather than run after placements and packages. Greater effort has to be paid to the development of persons who can better perform managerial functions, but the importance is to get `Back to the Basics’.
Yes, You Can Awaken the Manager Within!