The End of Middle Managers

Came across this very interesting and startling article in The Economist.

Pls see: http://www.economist.com/blogs/schumpeter/2011/08/middle-managers&fsrc=nwl

Makes some interesting bunch of points.  Not all well substantiated.

1.  Middle managers i.e. generalists who will solve issues from first principles, are a disappearing lot. Not so sure of that.

2. Motivation of an employee is based on the immediate superior and not the CEO.  The biggest demotivator is also the boss and not the organisation.  This I agree with.

3. CEOs have a grandiose self-image that is quite unsubstantiated by their performance.  Not surprising.

4. Instead of Management, “Leadership” is the new fad.  A dig at coaches like me 🙂

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Nihar on August 26, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    Agreed. In Silicon Valley orgs were already flat and now they are becoming even more flatter. Manager’s role is more of a facilitator. Another trend is Product Managers drive lot of engineering meetings…

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