You know how I love talking about middle management! Here is an interesting article I found on The Wall Street Journal Executive Career Site, or WSJ.com.
Writer Carol Hymowitz talks about the opportunities many middle managers are seeing (and some are seizing) in the wake of senior executive failings and scrutiny. A few quotes from her article:
“Make way for astute middle managers. Their power is growing as many find they have more credibility and goodwill from their staffs than do their top bosses.
After all the complaints about how the workplace is never a meritocracy and how back-stabbers always win, now is the time for hard-working and trustworthy managers to present themselves as the new face of upper management.”
“Middle managers often have more regular contact with customers, suppliers and employees than their top bosses, so they have a chance to show their integrity, the quality most desired in leaders today.”
“Pat Cook, head of Cook & Co., a boutique executive search firm, says that during the dot-com boom, youth, speed and exuberance were the most highly valued traits, but in the past few months clients mostly want to know they can trust a candidate.”
I have always believed that middle managers can have a huge impact on their businesses. And while I agree with Hymowitz that the newer, more eager middle managers are more naturally ready to step up and take a broader responsibility for their company´s success, I also would not rule out some of the more tenured middle managers.
Like Mt. St. Helens this week, middle managers who have been a bit managerially dormant can experience a rebirth – an eruption of new energy.
Stay tuned this week and next as I continue my series on the Seven Diseases of Middle Management. Here are the posts so far: