Middle managers are those who: 1. manage other managers or supervisors, 2. are 1-5 levels below the president, and 3. are responsible for the planning and operation of at least one functional area. They participate in budgeting, planning, project management, and goal setting.
Most managers are middle managers and over the last 20 years, things have gotten pretty tough for them. Jobs have been consolidated and combined and work has been criticized as being full of fat, waste, and inefficiency (these ailments can be found at all levels).
I choose a different point of view: Middle managers are critical and their jobs can be exciting. A great middle manager will make a significant difference to his or her business – more than most senior managers!
Middle management is one of my chosen niches because:
1. The work is more interesting and complex.
2. Middle managers don’t get much attention or coaching.
3. I believe middle managers are key to organizational success.
I’m curious how people feel about being called a middle manager – does the name still carry a stigma? Do you see middle management as important and meaningful work? Would you be interested in participating in the movement to transform middle management into the centerpiece for corporate results?