Some middle managers provide solid and consistent performance, but they have plateaued in their careers. As a result, these plateaued managers are often older and less energetic than the change champions. However, with age sometimes comes wisdom and proven social networks and these individual capabilities are invaluable when the organization is confronted with large, transformative change initiatives. Perhaps this is why a recent research study found that the most effective managers in engaging with transformative change were the older, plateaued middle managers, as compared with the younger, rising stars. 1 Again, traditional middle managers can play a major supporting role and sometimes even a leading role in any change initiative.
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Practice 4: Don’t Ignore the Plateaued Middle Manager
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