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July 23, 2005

what good is middle management, anyway?

middle management gets a bad rap, right? the people who have to take orders and give them at the same time. they're stuck in the middle.

suppose there were a middle manager.
suppose he were also a compassionate person.
suppose he got involved in a relief organization working in indonesia, perhaps through his church.
suppose, after the relief workers stabilized life in a few villages, helped provide basic shelter, clean water, and medical care, they realized it was time to rebuild.
and suppose that they needed more people to plan and organize the rebuilding.
people with experience in planning and organizing and negotiating contracts.
what sort of person would be ideal for such a job?

then suppose this compassionate middle manager were left in charge of things while the usual relief organization leaders were called off to a meeting in singapore.
and suppose he negotiated contracts and made plans and when they got back-- a man whose house had been torn off its foundation had gotten his house back.

maybe we should give middle managers a little more credit.

Posted by lisa at July 23, 2005 01:44 PM

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Or, simply send them all to Indonesia.

Posted by: Jason! on July 25, 2005 09:27 AM

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