Are managers now experts?
In larger companies, titles proliferate. The role of product manager is often called something else. In one company, sixteen people in a meeting, each with a unique title, learned they all did basically the same job. Titles are meaningless if they don't illuminate. Years ago, a "manager" was above "supervisor" in the corporate hierarchy; a manager managed people. Then as titles began their escalation we started seeing senior managers, associate managers, and assistant managers as well as industry managers, marketing managers, product managers, program managers, process managers, and so on.
Nowadays, people who manage people are now called Directors and people who manage 'things' are now called Managers. In effect, the term manager can now be equated with "expert." If we changed the word "manager" to "expert," would titles still hold up?
Let's explore some of the manager titles in use today to see how they can be interpreted in this light. Read Managers as experts.
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