Leading from the Middle of the Organization

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Leading from the Middle of the Organization

It’ s tough being a middle manager. It’ s hard to lead and follow at the same time; that’s the dilemma.


How It’s Different.  Why It Matters.

Middle managers have it tough – all the work and none of the glory. Of course that’s an exaggeration, but sometimes it can feel like that, right?
The work is demanding. You may be accountable to many bosses all who have slightly different agendas and priorities. You’ve got keep your own staff working productively. . . and, you’ve got to rely on other managers and professionals down the hall or around the world in order to get your work done. All of that juggling takes a lot of skill.

Whether you are a new or seasoned middle manager, this eBook brings insightful ideas for successfully “leading from the middle.” Join Rick Maurer in his powerful guideline as he teaches you about reflecting, influence, stakeholders, involvement, alliances and how to address the various levels of resistance you face from the middle.  You’ll find this eBook helps bring the lessons of good leadership alive from where you sit in the middle.

And, it delivers a solid, essential plan so that you can get started right away.

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For starters, it includes a very quick self-assessment to determine your personality type and how as that type, it impacts your ability to lead from the middle.  There are no right or wrong answers.  And, it’s not the same for everyone.

For a deeper look, it also includes a stakeholder assessment.  Yes, we also look at those people who are very critical for your success, and there are many.  You’re not on your own; remember, you’re in the middle of the whole organization. And, you feel it everyday.  We show you how to reach those stakeholders who don’t even know they are on your team…and gain their support.

If you need to get better as a middle manager – or want to help your middle managers succeed – order the ebook Leading from the Middle today.  It’s only $19.99.

Free Bonus 1: 6 Quick Tips! After you order this ebook, we’ll email you one “quick tip” for the next 6 months to make sure your getting the most from this important book.

Free Bonus 2:  Rick Maurer’s article, “Resistance to Change – Why it Matters and What to do About It,” is included as a free resource at the end of this ebook.

Free Bonus 3: As an added free bonus, included are the Tips for Delegating the Leadership of Major Change. As a middle manager, you will most likely be involved in a major change and will need to delegate portions of the initiative to various individuals, teams, and departments. The handoff from you to them is critically important. If you fumble or if they fail to pick up the ball, everything is put at risk.


Do People Support or Resist You?

Some people seem to do a great job of getting others to go along with them. Time after time people want to follow them. Others don’t fare so well and find that time after time they are unable to get the support they need to get projects started or completed.

Then there are the rest of us. Sometimes we are able to get people to go along, and other times we wonder what went wrong.

I have been exploring this topic for a number of years and I found three reasons why people resist us and three reasons why they support us. I refer to them as levels of resistance and support. Level 1 is the easiest to work with. Level 2 is more challenging. And Level 3 is the hardest.

Reader Comments

“This is great stuff!  I was immediately engaged because I felt that Rick was able to identify with my challenges as a middle manager – the first of which is that I don’t have a lot of time to read.  I like the bit sized nature of it”.  Heather Bryant, Lockheed Martin

“Rick’s writing about “resistance” and leadership provides insights that are clear, tested, and enormously helpful for anyone trying to work through the tough issues.”  Robert D. Kline, Independent Consultant

“In his customary perceptive manner, Rick Maurer has recognized an area of life that is under-represented in the current literature, and has provided us with both an insightful and useful guide to the tough world of leading from the middle.” Graham Bullen, Consultant, Vancouver, CA

© 2009 Rick Maurer – Rick uses his Change without Migraines™ to advise organizations on how to lead change effectively. He is author of many books including Beyond the Wall of Resistance. Recently, he created the Change Management Open Source Project, a free resource for people interested in change in organizations. www.beyondresistance.com