An exceptional job of refocusing the middle manager's role?a must read for practitioners and educators alike.
--Jack Viega, editor, The Academy of Management Executives
In their quest to become leaner, flatter, and reengineered, organizations have systematically cut out the very positions that once made them successful?mid-level managers. In The Strategic Middle Manager,management experts Steven Floyd and Bill Wooldridge draw on a decade of research involving over 250 middle managers to demonstrate that the success of future organizations rests decisively on strong middle management.
The authors present the tools managers need to:
• Redefine their roles
• Increase their strategic value
• Secure their futures
• Identify the top performers in the ranks...and much more!
Far from lacking perspective, middle managers have a unique, pivotal perspective that places them at the forefront of organizational change. They can play the role of champion, synthesizer, facilitator, and implementer--and this book gives the advice needed to energize management. A must-read for training professionals, managers, and top executives, Floyd and Wooldridge's work will radically redesign--and drastically improve--your organization's effectiveness.
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Table of Contents
1. Leadership from the Middle: The Changing Demands of Middle Management Work.
2. Competing on Capabilities: The Middle Manager's Role in Leveraging Knowledge and Skills.
3. Realigning Resources and Talent: The Challenge of Organizational Restructuring.
Part Two: The New Strategic Roles for Middle Managers.
4. Strategy from the Middle Out.
5. Championing: The Discovery and Proposal of Innovative Initiatives.
6. Synthesizing: Advancing Shared Strategic Understanding.
7. Facilitating: Nurturing Adaptability and Setting the Stage for Renewal.
8. Implementing: Inducing the Vision and Making It Real.
Part Three: Unleashing the Power in the Middle.
9. The Challenge of Executive Leadership.
10. Becoming a Strategic Middle Manager.
Resources: The Strategic Consensus Questionnaire;
A Self-Test of Middle Management Strategic Involvement.