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The Management Armoury

Academic journal article Manager

The Management Armoury

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armoury n 1. A store of weapons and equipment

2. A collection of resources

All animals are born with a 'natural' defence. The tortoise has its shell. Deers rely on camouflage. The sheer size of an elephant protects it against attack. As for the human species, our brains and the ability to innovate and invent, enable us to protect ourselves against 'predators'.

However, in all cases, there is a period of vulnerability as each creature learns how to use its 'armour1. . .as it relies on observation and experience (sometimes fatal) for its education. The interesting thing is that, as the animal matures, it relies less on its 'natural' armour (and its parent, guardian or mentor) and more on experience.

So, for example, any game warden will tell you that an elephant, which has been gunshot-wounded and has recovered, knows that its size is no defence against the (much smaller) human with a gun, and consequently uses other, nonspecies specific strategies and 'weapons'. One example is the ability to access and 'hide' in places where it is difficult for humans to follow through to outright, pre-emptive attack, thus ensuring the elephant's survival... unless the human similarly develops and uses other strategies - in which case, the cycle of ingenuity begins again, but this time on a higher level.

Some animals do this better than others, which is arguably the basis of evolution... but let's not go there. Instead, let's consider the 'newly-born' manager as the animal in question.

This may bring back some embarrassing memories of your own time as a new manager, or even your first day in a new job, but consider the scenario. …

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