Being a middle manager has its challenges. You have to work effectively with those above you and those below you. And, when you’re at your best you know you serve yourself and the organizations well when you come together with your peers to share information, learn from one another and solve problems.
If you’re a middle manager, meet with your peers regularly. Share ground intelligence about what’s happening in your part of the business. Jointly diagnose issues in the system before they manifest. Collectively identify emerging opportunities and figure out how to make the most of them. Explore ways to eliminate redundancies and lower the walls of silos. Uncover opportunities for cross training and people development. Share best practices. Your sense of isolation will disappear. You’ll feel and be more connected, more powerful.
For more tips on managing middle space, call me and read
In the Middle by Barry Oshry. http://www.powerandsystems.com/resources-a-thought-starters/books/in-the-middle.html