Our Business Mentor Bart Briers kicks off: “Continuous strategic changes, business model transformations, customers demanding service levels, the shift from make-software to off-the-shelve solutions: it’s the middle manager who is always in the middle between executive plans and the people doing the job.”
The middle manager has always been sandwiched between those who decide on the strategy and those who execute. In a VUCA world and accelerated by Covid, C-level is not able anymore to look five years ahead and decide on a stable long-term road map. On the contrary, they change faster than ever the strategic direction to adapt to the changing environment. At the same time, middle managers are still busy with managing the execution of the previous decisions increasing the pressure on them.
The middle manager’s primary job is to deliver operations on schedule, within budgets, and to customer’s specifications. Meanwhile, they are more than ever entrenched in all kinds of strategic projects. As a result, middle management is required to be more agile, more resilient in times where C-level direction and communication are often missing. The uncertainty grows amongst middle managers where to steer their teams.
The middle manager’s agenda gets quickly congested creating lots of stress. Typical symptoms most middle managers will recognize: endless to-do lists, completely skewed work/life balance, over-emotional reactions on minor events, not knowing anymore what lives in your team, missed deadlines, avoiding questions and feedback, not telling the truth anymore,…
You recognize what is described above and you want to put the tips in practice… that’s easier said than done. How to start? How to make sure you don’t fall back into old habits? How to make sure you stay fully in control of your agenda? Ambits Business Mentors have experience in the technology sector and therefore, understand very well your working context. They all have proven that there able to deal with the typical ‘sandwich’ challenges of middle managers. They are available to become your sounding board, your guide to become a strong leader.
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