Management Software Redefined – ManagePro
What is management software and why should you even care? The term sounds
kind of boring doesn’t it? Google has a definition for it. You may have a different
definition, or not even use the phrase at all. But… what if there was a benefit for
you to redefine the concept as embodied in the software ManagePro.
Keep reading, I’ll try to make it brief and interesting.
First a quick snapshot of how Google looks at it. Basically Google reflects it’s
definition of management software by what it prioritizes in organic listings.
And I think they have it all wrong. Google’s definition by listings identifies
management software as a financial package with a mini-ERP program.
This orientation focuses on management software as tracking anything
financially based. Very basically it is going to cover the life cycle of creating,
selling, and receiving compensation for products and/or services.
Wikipedia doesn’t even have a category for management software, it directs you
right to project management software. You’re in luck if you’re a project manager,
a performance manager or a task manager. However if you’re just in management,
you have the same tools as your admin.
How did we get to this point? Imagine, you’re a manager, an executive… and
there doesn’t seem to be any widely known tools for what you do.
Do you find it strange that we don’t have a technology for the challenges presented
if you’re in the role of management? Or is it that we feel that learning to use
anything more than our memory, verbal and writing skills is too much effort?
Here’s a thought.
What if most of what you and I do 90% of every day is managing something
that doesn’t have a direct price tag attached to it? What if Google misses the
point. What if the things you spend the most time on are things like that next
meeting, the next email, the phone call, the opportunity embedded in the
customer comment, etc. None of it has a direct price link or a financial price tag,
and yet that’s what we spend 90% of our time managing.
Don’t you think there should be management software that addresses what we
spend 90% o of our time managing? Actually ManagePro does, but I’m trying to
make a point.
If you think about it, yes you need some type of “management software” to
track all those financial related materials and transactions. But what about the
other 90% of what you do?
You see I think most of what we do at work in the 21st century is all about
managing activities… and mostly we manage activities through people.
So we spend a lot of time talking, writing, following-up, checking in, checking
back. We spend our time managing activies from their inception as ideas, through
planning, coordiating and following-up. And the majority of time we’re interacting
with and making that all happen through people, through others.
We certainly manage activities in support of getting to a financial based product
or transaction, but for the most part we managing people and activities, not the
I think management software needs to get redefined.
Management software needs to get redefined as centrally helping people in
management manage all the activities they oversee and the people who get them
done. Any other definition misses the mark. On the other hand, maybe you’ve
got a better term to describe this, than management software. Whatever you
call it, and whether or not most managers admit or deny it, we can all manage
and lead more effectively with redefined management software tools.
90% of the time, people in management manage activities and the people who
get them done, not a product that has a price tag on it. Yet, other than ManagePro,
I’ve never found a management software that actually tackles the things I have
to tackle in a given day whether I’m managing goals, projects, priorities, business
constraints or that daily calendar… all within a day. Perhaps most people in
management don’t realize how expensive it is to work by voice, email, short
term memory and your scratch pad.