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Art of Management

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Irony Of Middle Management

One of the common concerns of any scaling team is that while the stakeholders ensure  themselves  with a great set of leadership and they in turn recruit a battalion of teams  under them to do the work,there is one lacuna…

The chaos and confusion in the middle management!

The frozen middle management scenario is a result of widening  gaps in communication and connection between the  managers and themselves.

Often great work done by the team goes without credit buried under the hierarchy structure and lack of appreciation.

Second inspite of ability in the teams and readiness to  accomplish  good work there is a lot of confusion about what to do as there is no clarity passed on to them from their managers.

It’s clearly indicative of how important it is for the leadership team to share the purpose of why they are doing what they do…and how the message needs to be passed on with the same passion to every member of the teams no matter the number of layers adding up in the middle.

This is how you reinstate ownership  and accountability which is paramount  to the efficiency  of the teams.

Unfortunately  much of what is conveyed to the managers from the top in terms of the purpose is often withheld from teams, for the manager may not personally value the significance of the message for teams reporting to them to understand. It becomes less and less important in their discussions.  And that is where a gamut of internal  communications issues show up.

What will you do

When you do not have a purpose

You stop steering ….

As there is no winds of  motivation to sail your course.

In  the case of the middle  managers  sandwiched in between, they soon have no sense of purpose,  they are often found working in circles without direction.

They may seem busy doing mundane chores to fill their work days and go back home every day a little more disengaged and disconnected with the system. 

In my professional career as a Consultant & having been involved in the organisational development up close, I have encountered such scenarios where the value of transparency in teams in their shared work as well as the vision & purpose of the leader is often lost in the daily rut of routine. Between filling forms and answering  mails  much of the work today has become impersonal.  

I believe the role of the middle management is crucial  in managing change for they can bridge the gap between  expectations  from the strategic  objectives and key results set from the top to match with the speed and efficiency actual day to day activities integration .

An  engaged, informed, and  knowledgeable  middle  management  would mean a lot to  the stability of a growing  organization. It is a huge  balancing act between manging to sustain  through  the changes and managing policies practices  and procedures  ensuring  compliance and come away stronger.

It is important  for the key stakeholders to have conversation that sets clarity on the value for the middle management  in the system and expectations  from  them.

They need to know how much interweaved  they actually  are in driving changes. They also need to become more self aware and understand  the intricacies  of working beyond biases and  prejudices that may come along while they understand the power structure of their respective organization.

Beyond good communication  skills they will need to develop  their expertise in networking with their seniors  as well as their teams.

The responsibility on the middle management is demanding as the role is expanding to include the implementation of changes in the system as well as managing the cultural changes.

This can happen best when the senior management is aware of the challenges faced by the middle management, like time in planning to execution. They can best help fasten this process by direction support and feedbacks while realizing the strategic value of the middle managers.

Every level of management is intrinsically interweaved and important to the whole. In recognizing their individual strengths as well working in the spirit of collaboration, teams begin to evolve.

What do you think of the prevailing practices at work?

Savvy Raj

Author: Savvy Raj

Dance Educator, Writer, Artist, Designer, Wellness Mentor & Consultant

One thought on “Art of Management

  1. SMiLes Dear Savvy Historically From What i’ve
    Experienced in Administration, Management,
    And Supervision Of Yes Programs
    And People The Whole Process

    From the 90’s Moved More
    From Human to Machine

    Yet This is Common in Our
    Modern Society Where the
    Entire Office May Be A Lap

    Top in Pajama’s until the Zoom
    Meeting Requires An Approximation

    of Being Human i Was Also the Person
    Who Walked Across the Hall to Talk to Someone

    Rather Than Avoiding Them With An Email And

    Not Taking the Effort to Even Walk Period in A Day

    As Eventually it Became
    All Machine and me Yes

    i Am Happy to Live Without
    All Levels of Machine Management

    Now

    Including
    me No Longer
    Being A Machine and Free…

    Many Prophetic Movie Series
    Forecast the Current State of Humanity
    More Toward Machine Than Human Yes

    From the ‘Terminator’ Series of Movies Through
    the ‘Matrix’ Series of Movies Through the ‘Avatar’ Movie

    That We Are Currently Doing Now And Really Always
    Have As Far As Words As Approximations of Reality…

    Free Verse Poetry At Least Gives Words Soul With
    A Real Shot of Uploading Soul As Avatar More Than

    Just A Machine Hehe i Don’t Wanna Be Linked Now in
    Any Other Way Yet Just Human For Real With SMiLes

    It’s Always Been A Yin and Yang of Mind
    Increasingly ‘Western’ And Yang and

    Sadly So
    Very

    Cold
    Now And
    Materially
    Reduced Yes
    Where Folks
    Are Not Even
    Able to Focus Enough
    to Carry on a Conversation
    in Real Life Face-to-Face
    More than a ‘Matter’

    of Seconds….

    Hehe of
    Course there
    are Exceptions…

    Yet Overall Humans Sadly
    Have Become Commodities
    of only An Approximation of Humanity…

    No More Evidence of Course than the ‘Business
    World’ That is All About Buying And Selling a Product

    That Indeed Has Become the Soul of Humanity
    Increasingly Lost…

    Restricted
    And Yes
    So Very
    Materially Reduced…

    We May Become What We
    Consume, Buy, and Sell A ‘Matter With Things’…

    Yet Of Course so Much Easier to Have an Attitude
    Like This When Financially Independent When in
    ‘Rome’ We Must Adapt to the Conditions Until Escape

    if
    ever…

    Ironically How Fortunate
    i Was As i Was Not able
    to Eventually Adapt to it
    And Escaped From a
    System Then That Yes

    At Least Was Still Humane
    Enough Then Not to Torture
    Human Beings Forever Now to Even
    Survive Indeed A World That is Growing
    Colder Sadly Enough ThiS Way Evident
    in So Many Ways of ‘The Politics’ of Life and Living Death…

    Some Folks Are Able to Adapt to it Others are Not Up to Death Now For Real
    Usually coming in Terms of Drug Abuse And Other Behaviors Leading to Living Death…

    In the United States 40 Percent of College Students Are Assessed As Depressed Leading
    to Difficulty in Functioning Yes 60 Percent Assessed With Anxiety Severe Enough to Lead
    to Difficulty in Day-to-Day Functioning And Additionally in the Working World 50 Percent
    of Families Living Pay-Check to Pay-Check Making 50 to 100 Thousand Dollars and 40 Percent
    Moving Up into Middle Upper Class Over 100 Thousand Dollars Living Pay-Check to Pay-Check too

    Yes An Addiction to the
    Materially Reduced World
    Indeed Where A Dollar or Two
    Rise in Gasoline Prices Means
    Folks Are Willing to Sell Their
    Souls if Necessary to get

    Gas Back Down Enough
    To Drive More Car and
    Truck Than they Could
    Possibly Even Need to
    Get From Point A to Point B…

    It’s All In What We Do and Do Not Value…

    Humanity Or Machine is Somewhat of A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy ThiS Way…

    As i Understand from my Indian FRiEnDS Who Are Highly Educated With Extremely
    Long Lists of ‘Linked-in-Credentials’ the Pressures in India Are Surely No Less than

    They Are in the
    United States….

    Life is Best
    When It’s
    Still Mostly
    About Being Human
    After All We aRe STill
    Social Animals At Core of Evolution…

    Japan is An Excellent Example as They
    Fling Themselves Off the Side of Mountains
    If They Aren’t Successful Enough and in China
    They Jump Out of Buildings to Escape Being A Machine

    It’s Just Not Human

    And It is the Illness

    of the Modern Money And Stuff God…

    Anyway i’ll Start Again With A SMiLe
    As Yes i Can And Will STill ReAlly Do New Now..:)

    Like

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