The Management Shift

I have just finished reading ”The Management Shift” by Professor Vlatka Hlupic. This blog post is a review of the book that was released November 28, 2014. The sub title is ”How to Harness the Power of People and Transform Your Organization for Sustainable Success”. As usual, I start off with a little story.



End of October last year I received the following direct message on Twitter.


I have no idea why this message was sent to me, but it seemed like an interesting book that I wanted to remember. As I have said on the About page I’m sort of in a mid life crisis, I turned 40 last year, and I’m trying to write a book. When discussing my mid life crisis with a friend, she said that ”A mid life crisis needs to be expensive”. Hmm, I thought, what the heck, I need to buy a lot more books! 🙂 This is one of the books that I’ve bought since then. I’m very interested in the management paradigm shift that is now needed, and what I like to call Turn the pyramids.


The Management Shift is divided into seven chapters. Why is described in chapter 1 & 7, what in chapters 2 – 4 and finally how in chapters 5 – 6. Organizations today are facing many challenges due to outdated management practices based on traditional, hierarchical command and control. The old way of managing can’t cope with the unpredictable and highly dynamic reality that is found today both in business and society. Therefore The Management Shift, a shift in mindset, organizational culture and corporate consciousness for sustainable success is needed.

Chapter 1 – Why is it Time Now for The Management Shift

Here you find more than enough of facts and figures to get The Management Shift started. It tells for example that ”only 25% of the workforce is passionate about their work” and ”only 45% of US employees find their jobs satisfying”. This chapter also compares key concepts, terms and theories in the traditional and new management paradigm.

Chapter 2 – The Need for a New Type of Leadership

In this new type of leadership; leaders strive to serve, to inspire others to find purpose and calling in the work they do and to unleash their passion and creativity. Here are a list of some companies that have put new leadership into practice:

  • Semco
  • Brand Velocity Inc.
  • CSC Germany

Chapter 3 – Insights from the Leading Management Thinkers: from the Why and What to the How

Vlatka Hlupic is heavily influenced by the late management thinker Peter Drucker. What suits better then to include a quote from him.

”There is only one valid definition of a business purpose: to create a customer” – Peter Drucker

You can also find quite a few book tips in this chapter if you want to read more.

Chapter 4 – The Emergent Leadership Model: From the Stagnating to the Unbounded Culture

In this chapter the emergent leadership model is introduced, see the picture below.


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Level 1, 2 and 3 correspond to traditional management, Management 1.0 or Tayloristic management. Level 4 and 5 correspond to Management 2.0 or Drucker-based management. A fundamental shift in performance, innovation and engagement happens when a critical mass of individuals move from Level 3 to Level 4, i.e. The Management Shift.

Chapter 5 –  The 6 Box Leadership Model: An Organizational Body Scan

The 6 Box Leadership Model was developed to help companies move from Level 3 to Level 4 in the Emergent Leadership Model, explained in previous chapter. It was done in an online assessment tool with 120 questions (it’s a pity that this tool isn’t publicly available). Finally the 120 questions was mapped to three additional framework for further analysis.

Below is the framework with the key ideas from Peter Drucker:

  1. Productive organization/decentralization
  2. Respect of workers/employees as assets
  3. Knowledge-work productivity
  4. The imperative of community
  5. Focus on serving customers
  6. Responsibility for the common good
  7. Focus on the core competencies/properly executing business processes
  8. Management by balancing a variety of needs and goals.

Chapter 6 – The 6 Box Leadership Model in Action: Practical Examples

This chapter holds examples on how the 6 Box Leadership diagnostic was performed in four different companies (small, medium and large) and what actions that were taken after the reports were presented.

Chapter 7 – The Management Shift is Achievable Now: A Call for Action

This last chapter gives examples of groups and networks that are working to reach a tipping point from Management 1.0 to Management 2.0. Finally key management lessons from this book are described.


Buy this book if you want to have facts, figures and theories to get your management shift started. This is yet another brick in the wall that builds up modern management. If you want to know more about The Management Shift your can find it on the web site. Below is an interview with Vlatka Hlupic performed by Dawna Jones.

All the best,
 Tomas from TheAgileist


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