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The Difference Between A Maven And A Manager

Updated on October 2, 2015

At every level of group activity some form of management is required to insure sustainable success. Without this safeguard group activity would devolve into chaos – leaving goals unaccomplished and projects in shambles. Thus, establishing order within an organization is of the utmost importance.

The difference between leading and managing is akin to the distance between autonomous task and improvisation. Management – by itself – is scripted and lifeless, whereas leaders understand their managerial requirements are optimized by personalizing activities to accommodate the situation and the teams personal.

That said, to be a good manager only requires one to understand a job description. Then play by the established rules and quantify performances.

An approach that limits research and employee development: Maven Leaders on the other hand seek to bring light to the grey areas by identifying best practices and leaning on the strength of the men and women within their charge.

Her are a few examples of how Maven Leaders differentiate themselves from run of the mill management:

In Interviews

In today’s fast paced professional environment most organizations have scripted Q & A designed to insure continuity between every interviewed candidate.

Manager Mindset

  • A manager will follow the question to the letter, without looking for ambiguity in the provided answers.

Maven Mindset

  • A Maven leader will look for the question beyond the question along with other subtle tells which shed light on the interviewee’s personality and potential performance within the preexisting team.

In Meetings

Today, meetings aren’t restricted to the boardroom; teams meet in online groups, video conferences, along with a host of other tech savvy environments.

Manager Mindset

  • Will not seek out creative solutions to get the team on the same page, instead most managers rely on tried & true antiquated methodology.

Maven Mindset

  • To stay abreast of the most recent trends in respect to group communication and seek input from early adopters within the organization.

Establishing Rules

Every team has to have some since of order or give way to chaos -- as was mentioned earlier in the post.

Manager Mindset

  • Tend to be more autocratic. Implementing waterfall management policies that are rigid and rule based.

Maven Mindset

  • Maven Leaders realize that in today’s market trends have a much shorter shelf life. This leads to constant change which requires an agile approach to creating policy. Focused on maintaining:
  1. Flexibility
  2. Individual Freedoms

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