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Demands on middle management intensifies

Updated: Nov 15, 2022

๐Ÿ˜ฐ๐Ÿ˜ฐ๐Ÿ˜ฐ ๐‘ป๐’‰๐’† ๐’…๐’†๐’Ž๐’‚๐’๐’…๐’” ๐’๐’ ๐’Ž๐’Š๐’…๐’…๐’๐’† ๐’Ž๐’‚๐’๐’‚๐’ˆ๐’†๐’“๐’” ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’•๐’†๐’‚๐’Ž ๐’๐’†๐’‚๐’…๐’†๐’“๐’” ๐’Š๐’” ๐’Š๐’๐’•๐’†๐’๐’”๐’Š๐’‡๐’š๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’‚๐’” ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’š ๐’‹๐’–๐’ˆ๐’ˆ๐’๐’† ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’†๐’™๐’‘๐’†๐’„๐’•๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’๐’” ๐’๐’‡ ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’Š๐’“ ๐’๐’˜๐’ ๐’•๐’†๐’‚๐’Ž ๐’Ž๐’†๐’Ž๐’ƒ๐’†๐’“๐’” ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’Š๐’“ ๐’†๐’™๐’†๐’„๐’–๐’•๐’Š๐’—๐’† ๐’๐’†๐’‚๐’…๐’†๐’“๐’”.


๐Ÿ“ข๐Ÿ“ข๐Ÿ“ข ๐‘พ๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’‚๐’“๐’† ๐’š๐’๐’–๐’“ ๐’—๐’Š๐’†๐’˜๐’” ๐’๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’”?


๐Ÿ’ก๐Ÿ’ก๐Ÿ’ก An interesting article by the FT on the ๐’๐’†๐’˜ ๐’‡๐’“๐’๐’๐’• ๐’๐’Š๐’๐’† ๐’๐’‡ ๐’๐’‡๐’‡๐’Š๐’„๐’† ๐’๐’Š๐’‡๐’† and the challenges facing so many managers and leaders in organisations.




๐‘ฒ๐’†๐’š ๐’•๐’‚๐’Œ๐’†-๐’๐’–๐’•๐’” ๐’‡๐’๐’“ ๐’Ž๐’†:


๐Ÿ˜ฎ ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Recent research found that 74% ๐’๐’‡ ๐’Ž๐’‚๐’๐’‚๐’ˆ๐’†๐’“๐’” ๐’”๐’‚๐’š ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’š ๐’…๐’๐’โ€™๐’• ๐’‰๐’‚๐’—๐’† ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’Š๐’๐’‡๐’๐’–๐’†๐’๐’„๐’† ๐’๐’“ ๐’“๐’†๐’”๐’๐’–๐’“๐’„๐’†๐’” ๐’•๐’ ๐’Ž๐’‚๐’Œ๐’† ๐’„๐’‰๐’‚๐’๐’ˆ๐’† ๐’‡๐’๐’“ ๐’†๐’Ž๐’‘๐’๐’๐’š๐’†๐’†๐’”, and 54% ๐’”๐’‚๐’š ๐’๐’†๐’‚๐’…๐’†๐’“๐’”๐’‰๐’Š๐’‘ ๐’Š๐’” ๐’๐’–๐’• ๐’๐’‡ ๐’•๐’๐’–๐’„๐’‰ ๐’˜๐’Š๐’•๐’‰ ๐’†๐’Ž๐’‘๐’๐’๐’š๐’†๐’†๐’”.


โ›”โ›”โ›” Middle managers can feel ๐’„๐’‚๐’–๐’ˆ๐’‰๐’• ๐’ƒ๐’†๐’•๐’˜๐’†๐’†๐’ ๐’”๐’†๐’๐’Š๐’๐’“ ๐’๐’†๐’‚๐’…๐’†๐’“๐’”๐’‰๐’Š๐’‘โ€™๐’” ๐’…๐’†๐’”๐’Š๐’“๐’† ๐’•๐’ ๐’‰๐’‚๐’—๐’† ๐’†๐’Ž๐’‘๐’๐’๐’š๐’†๐’†๐’” ๐’“๐’†๐’•๐’–๐’“๐’ ๐’•๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’๐’‡๐’‡๐’Š๐’„๐’† ๐’‘๐’‚๐’“๐’•-๐’•๐’Š๐’Ž๐’† ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’“๐’†๐’”๐’Š๐’”๐’•๐’‚๐’๐’„๐’† ๐’‡๐’“๐’๐’Ž ๐’”๐’๐’Ž๐’† ๐’๐’‡ ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’Š๐’“ ๐’•๐’†๐’‚๐’Ž๐’”.


๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅSenior Executives and Leaders are ๐’‘๐’–๐’”๐’‰๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’ƒ๐’‚๐’„๐’Œ ๐’‚๐’ˆ๐’‚๐’Š๐’๐’”๐’• ๐’…๐’†๐’Ž๐’‚๐’๐’…๐’” ๐’‡๐’๐’“ ๐’‰๐’Š๐’ˆ๐’‰๐’†๐’“ ๐’˜๐’‚๐’ˆ๐’†๐’” ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’‰๐’š๐’ƒ๐’“๐’Š๐’… ๐’˜๐’๐’“๐’Œ ๐’‘๐’๐’‚๐’๐’”, ๐’˜๐’‰๐’Š๐’๐’”๐’• ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’๐’†๐’˜ ๐’ˆ๐’†๐’๐’†๐’“๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐’„๐’๐’Ž๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’Š๐’๐’•๐’ ๐’˜๐’๐’“๐’Œ ๐’‰๐’‚๐’—๐’† ๐’…๐’Š๐’‡๐’‡๐’†๐’“๐’†๐’๐’• ๐’†๐’™๐’‘๐’†๐’„๐’•๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’๐’”.


๐ŸŽฏ๐ŸŽฏ๐ŸŽฏMiddle Managers are not only responsible for ๐’…๐’“๐’Š๐’—๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’ƒ๐’–๐’”๐’Š๐’๐’†๐’”๐’” ๐’“๐’†๐’”๐’–๐’๐’•๐’”, but are supporting their team's ๐’†๐’Ž๐’๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’๐’‚๐’ ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’‘๐’”๐’š๐’„๐’‰๐’๐’๐’๐’ˆ๐’Š๐’„๐’‚๐’ ๐’˜๐’†๐’๐’-๐’ƒ๐’†๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ, keeping the ๐’„๐’๐’Ž๐’‘๐’‚๐’๐’š ๐’„๐’–๐’๐’•๐’–๐’“๐’† ๐’‚๐’๐’Š๐’—๐’† and ๐’๐’‚๐’—๐’Š๐’ˆ๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’„๐’‰๐’‚๐’๐’๐’†๐’๐’ˆ๐’†๐’” ๐’๐’‡ '๐’˜๐’๐’“๐’Œ ๐’‡๐’“๐’๐’Ž ๐’‚๐’๐’š๐’˜๐’‰๐’†๐’“๐’†'.


๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜  Middle managers have very little input into ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’”๐’•๐’“๐’‚๐’•๐’†๐’ˆ๐’Š๐’†๐’” ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’š ๐’‚๐’“๐’† ๐’†๐’™๐’‘๐’†๐’„๐’•๐’†๐’… ๐’•๐’ ๐’†๐’™๐’†๐’„๐’–๐’•๐’†, often resulting in them ๐’๐’๐’• ๐’ƒ๐’†๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’‚๐’ƒ๐’๐’† ๐’•๐’ ๐’Ž๐’‚๐’๐’‚๐’ˆ๐’† ๐’„๐’‰๐’‚๐’๐’ˆ๐’† ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’‡๐’†๐’†๐’๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’‡๐’“๐’–๐’”๐’•๐’“๐’‚๐’•๐’†๐’… ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’…๐’†๐’Ž๐’๐’•๐’Š๐’—๐’‚๐’•๐’†๐’….


๐Ÿšท๐Ÿšท๐Ÿšท Not surprisingly many ๐’…๐’†๐’‡๐’‚๐’–๐’๐’• ๐’•๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’Š๐’“ ๐’„๐’๐’Ž๐’‡๐’๐’“๐’• ๐’›๐’๐’๐’† ๐’๐’‡ ๐’•๐’†๐’„๐’‰๐’๐’Š๐’„๐’‚๐’ ๐’†๐’™๐’‘๐’†๐’“๐’•๐’Š๐’”๐’† and this results in ๐’๐’‚๐’„๐’Œ ๐’๐’‡ ๐’๐’†๐’‚๐’…๐’†๐’“๐’”๐’‰๐’Š๐’‘, ๐’˜๐’Š๐’•๐’‰ ๐’Ž๐’‚๐’๐’š ๐’‚๐’๐’”๐’ ๐’˜๐’‚๐’“๐’š ๐’๐’‡ ๐’”๐’‰๐’‚๐’“๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’Š๐’“ ๐’„๐’‰๐’‚๐’๐’๐’†๐’๐’ˆ๐’†๐’” ๐’˜๐’Š๐’•๐’‰ ๐’‡๐’†๐’๐’๐’๐’˜ ๐’Ž๐’‚๐’๐’‚๐’ˆ๐’†๐’“๐’”.


๐ŸŽ“๐ŸŽ“๐ŸŽ“It's amazing how many ๐’๐’“๐’ˆ๐’‚๐’๐’Š๐’”๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’๐’” ๐’‰๐’‚๐’—๐’† ๐’—๐’†๐’“๐’š ๐’๐’Š๐’Ž๐’Š๐’•๐’†๐’… ๐’•๐’“๐’‚๐’Š๐’๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’Š๐’ ๐’‘๐’๐’‚๐’„๐’† ๐’•๐’ ๐’‰๐’†๐’๐’‘ ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’Š๐’“ ๐’Ž๐’Š๐’…๐’…๐’๐’† ๐’Ž๐’‚๐’๐’‚๐’ˆ๐’†๐’“๐’” ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’๐’†๐’‚๐’…๐’†๐’“๐’” ๐’„๐’๐’‘๐’† ๐’˜๐’Š๐’•๐’‰ ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’”๐’† ๐’๐’†๐’˜ ๐’„๐’‰๐’‚๐’๐’๐’†๐’๐’ˆ๐’†๐’” ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’‘๐’“๐’†๐’”๐’”๐’–๐’“๐’†๐’”. This prompted 24,000 managers at Salesforce to ask for management training - a 200% increase since last year.



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