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How to fix Middle Managers

Yesterday I asked the question “What is wrong with middle managers”? I’m not one to just point out problems. Here is my approach as both a manager and as an employee. For middle managers, there are some very basic rules

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What is wrong with middle managers?

Someone pointed out what I think is generally a fair observation. Middle managers tend to be obnoxious and out of touch. Why is that? They weren’t really asking me my thoughts but I think I surprised them that I could

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Sharing some good advice

No big update today. Just wanted to leave you with this advice a former manager of mine told me. “Try to think about how the person two levels above you sees the organization.” If you can do that, you’ll find

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Authority, influence, and how to have both regardless of job title

I won’t lie, I jockey for job title all the time. Not that I think job titles are important, but I know they are important to some people and they become useful leverage in conversations. That said, your job title

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Can you talk “Manager Dummy Speak?”

If you’ve seen the old science fiction television series “Firefly”, there was a scene where the engineer of the spaceship blabbers out a bunch of techno-jargon and the captain gives her a blank look and then says “I need that

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