# Management in reality is fragmented and reactive by nature.
# Great bosses dont compartmentalize between handling unexpected problems and doing what they need to do as managers. Instead they follow the strategy of dividing everything that they do into 3 steps.
- Prepare to act
- Act and
- Check the outcome
I also believe smart managers take the lesson from the outcome and ensure that the lesson becomes a part of their 'preparation to act' for similar problems that they come across in the future. This over a period of time becomes their knowledge base.
When i think further about this, i think of the above as a subset of Deming Cycle or the PDCA cycle. Not that i want to complicate a simple post, but just to point out that great ideas can be applied even for the everyday tasks that we do.
The complete HBR article can be read here.