A Few thing to consider for us “Middle Managers”….
Most of us will be “middle managers” of some kind. We will report to someone and have others report to us. It is a difficult spot to be in for sure!
We must develop the ability to:
… put much of our personal agenda on someone else’s timetable. For those of us wanting to “climb a little” it is easy to get impatient. If you are a Christian and reading this then remember: God is more interested in your character than your position. Let Him use your job to build into your life qualities that reflect a love for Jesus.
… never speak disparagingly about your boss. That is tempting. It may not get you fired but will limit your potential. If your boss is that bad, every one else is thinking it too. No need to say it. The boss always finds out.
…”speak up” in a manner that communicates teamwork and not division. We all hate “yes men” but it is key to know when to address key issues that are important to the Sr. leadership of an organization. Usually that means that you communicate approval for an idea or direction the organization is going when you are in public (meeting etc) but seek to bring up valid points in private when it is safe. Rare is the boss who will allow you to debate a point publicly.
… be trustworthy when given assignments. “I don’t have the time” is usually a reflection of poor time management on your part or lack of commitment to getting the job done. Yea, I know, sometimes it is the fact that your boss is unreasonable too.