Third-generation managers take a significant step forward. They clarify their values and set goals. They plan each day and prioritize their activities.

As I have said, this is where most of the time management field is today. But this third generation has some critical limitations. ...

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I don't quite get the meaning/grammar of the sentence, especially the use of 'where'.

Can anyone help to explain the meaning and grammar of it?

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The three sentences that come first describe the practices of third generation managers. All the content of those three sentences is summarized in the word this.

To say that "this is where most of the time management field is today" means that those three sentences sum up the current situation in that field.

American Heritage Dictionary where

b. At, to, or in a situation in which: I want to know where you expect the project to be in six months.

  • Can we read the sentence as "this is /where most of the time management field is/ today"? Then the meaning seems changed.
    – dan
    Oct 8, 2021 at 4:28
  • Yes, that's what it means. Where most of the time management field is today is here (in this situation). Oct 8, 2021 at 4:42

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