Managing In The Middle
According to Barry Oshry, author and founder of Power + Systems, middle managers often feel torn, squeezed; caught between a rock and a hard place. They understand what top leadership expects, they know what the broader workforce wants, and, where there is a gap between the reality of top management and workers, middles become the site of the clash where those two worlds.
If you feel caught in the middle, read Barry Oshry’s book tilted In The Middle. Then, apply what you learn, beginning with meeting regularly with middle colleagues to discuss common concerns, such as, time management, facilitating change, developing people, to name just a few.
When you meet to talk through challenges and develop constructive solutions to shared concerns, you’ll be practicing an effective empowerment strategy that Oshry calls middle integration.