If you’ve ever watched soccer, you’ve probably noticed some players are taking shots on goal, some are in the back handling defense, and some are in the middle-doing a little bit of everything. Those players are midfielders.

Middle managers are a lot like midfielders-they play multiple roles. Sometimes, they are individual contributors to the team, and other times, their sole focus is on managing.

Playing two roles can be daunting, but that doesn’t mean you can’t succeed in both. Here are a few key tips that can vastly improve your work experience to excel with managing up and managing down.

Managing Up


People tend to overly rely on their gut instinct when making a decision. Gut instinct, gut feel, intuition-all terms that share a common thread that people “just know” when something feels right or wrong. According to a study conducted by R. Kelly Garrett and Brian Weeks, 50.3% of Americans agreed with the statement, “I trust my gut to tell me what’s true and what’s not.” Intuition is most certainly a valuable tool, sewn into the very fabric of our human DNA, but humans also make mistakes. …


We may have been a little quiet with our updates the last month, but we’ve been hard at work with some big changes. Let’s dive in.

New Features

  • Lexi, Dashboards and Insights have been upgraded to be near real time. What this means is that as soon as Peoplelogic aggregates new data (when you connect a new integration and then every 1–2 hours thereafter) its available for display and for driving your data-driven decisions. Enrichment activities (like time to close) are still run daily, just as they were before. …

You’re on your fourth Zoom call of the day and it’s not even lunchtime. The last 25 minutes of the call has arguably been grossly misspent (in terms of time and money) with half of the leadership team talking themselves in circles on a minor change to the product release process. As you attempt to wrangle some control over the situation you become acutely aware of the fact that your team has become a group of dysfunctional communicators. …


“With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility”- (Most commonly quoted in Spider-Man).

As a manager, you naturally possess “power” by the job description and title. For your employees to respect, trust, and feel motivated by you, it’s essential to use that power in the right way by not abusing it.

Rooted in psychology are two different kinds of power — normative and influential power. The idea of five different types of power that fall into either the “Normative” category or “Influential” category came from psychologists Bertram Raven and John French. …


Communicating effectively is a core tenet of leadership, and it is one of the key characteristics that sets great leaders apart from the rest of the pack. If you lead an organization or a team, putting effort into refining your communication skills will bolster your ability to influence others and drive alignment.

Communication is so much more than just exchanging words. As a leader, you must understand the intentions and emotions behind what it is you are trying to communicate. It is not uncommon for a group of individuals to interpret what is being communicated in several ways. …


Paula and Alexander, two old friends who knew each other from University, meet up for dinner after realizing they’ve been in the same city for quite some time. They both work for large tech companies in a similar role. Paula tells Alexander that she absolutely dreads going to work and dealing with her boss and is surprised when Alexander doesn’t feel the same way-he likes his boss.

Paula is stopped in her tracks. Aren’t bosses always bad?

Simon

Paula’s boss, Simon, paved his way to middle management by performing well in his previous roles. His coworkers, many of whom have been…


People want to feel like they are contributing to a mission that aligns with core values. As a leader, to drive alignment you’ve got to have those around you not only buy into that mission but buy into the vision of how the team will get to the finish line. In today’s market, it has become common place that organizations’ stated values are so off from the reality of the day-to-day employee experience, and that is causing burnout, frustration, and eventual turnover. …


When I joined the corporate world 13 years ago, I was eager to grow my career, gain new skills, and assume greater levels of responsibility. My first job was with a consulting company, and although small, the Learning & Development processes and programs in place were thoughtful and impactful. As I found my footing in my role and built relationships across the company, a few leaders noticed my desire to learn and my potential to contribute to additional areas of the business. Over time, I was offered opportunities to travel for trainings and workshops, the chance to explore consulting through…


When we were kids, we dreamed about changing the world. Maybe we wanted to become the President, solve world hunger, or help create world peace.

While most of us won’t become the President or work in organizations that contribute to solving world hunger and creating world peace, that doesn’t mean that we can’t leave a legacy.

Rooted in psychology is the idea that there are two types of leaders-Transactional leaders and Transformational leaders. Transactional Leaders are “regular leaders who work with their subordinates to help them understand what is required of them and to get the job done.” Transformational leaders…

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