Leading from the Middle: A Playbook for Managers to Influence Up, Down, and Across the Organization

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4. Video mini-course: 9 Most Uninspiring Inactions of a Leader

5. The Leadership Toolkit (PDF’s to help strengthen your leadership): 12 Ways to Keep Your Best Employees from Bolting, How to Craft a Learning Environment, How to Avoid Crushing Others Self-Confidence, 8 Ways to Grant Intelligent Autonomy, 10 Insights on Inspirational Leadership, How to be More Decisive, How to Act in the Face of Sudden Change, and Risk-Taking Conversation Starters

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7. “Quotivations” bundle (downloadable inspiring quotes from Scott Mautz)

8. The Best of Scott Mautz’s Inc./The Blog leadership/self-leadership articles

9. The Best of “Performints” video bundle (A curated video collection of micro-leadership lessons)

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DETAILS

Publisher: Wiley
Publication Date: May 18, 2021
ISBN: 9781119717911
Edition: Hardcover

BOOK OVERVIEW

If you have a boss and are a boss, if you must lead from the messy middle, up, down, and across the organization, then you’ve found your definitive playbook for making a big impact as a middle manager.

You might not readily think of yourself as in “middle management,” but the odds are, by definition, you are (even if you don’t love the term). For certain, your role in the middle presents unique challenges, and yet very few choose to write about and guide middle managers given the subject’s seeming lack of “sexiness.” So, even as the backbone of your organization, you remain underserved, underappreciated, and with specific needs unaddressed.

Until now.

Scott Mautz shares, with great authority based on years of research, experience, and interviews with over 3,000 successful managers in the middle, a playbook that details:


  • The powerful S.C.O.P.E. acronym, which encapsulates the set of unique challenges those operating in the middle must face (and how to overcome them)

  • Advice for all the roles you have to play in the middle

  • The specific mindset and skillset needed to thrive in the middle

  • Specific advice for how to influence up the organization (including how to go beyond managing your manager to building a great relationship and how to disagree with your boss/give them feedback)

  • Specific advice for how to influence down the organization (including how to have great coaching conversations, how to give transformative feedback, and how to pinpoint opportunity areas for employees to improve upon)

  • Specific advice for how to influence across the organization (including how to lead teams with excellence and how to influence peers)

  • A specific model for leading change (in a way that generates enthusiasm and commitment)

  • How to create a personal Middle Action Plan (MAP). This includes tons of tools to help practice all of the above and create new habits

Being in the middle doesn’t mean being stuck in the middle. It means a chance to lead– in every direction. It’s a badge of pride. And now you have the tools to do it brilliantly.

 

Praise for Leading from the Middle

 “Insightful, specific advice”

Daniel H. Pink, New York Times bestselling author of WHEN, DRIVE, and TO SELL IS HUMAN

“A must read”

Marshall Goldsmith, two-time #1 Leadership Thinker in the world and the New York Times #1 bestselling author of Triggers, Mojo, and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There.

“A practical playbook from someone who’s been there, done that”

Todd Henry, author of The Motivation Code

MEET THE AUTHOR

Scott Mautz is a popular keynote speaker (scottmautz.com) and a former Procter & Gamble senior executive who successfully ran several of the company’s largest multi-billion-dollar businesses, all while transforming organizational health scores along the way. Scott is faculty at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business for Executive Education, where he teaches others-oriented leadership and the secret to sustaining employee engagement and high-performing organizations.

He was named a “CEO Thought-leader” by The Chief Executives Guild and a "Top 50 Leadership Innovator" by Inc.com, where he wrote a popular leadership/self-leadership column read by well over 1 million monthly readers. He’s the author of Make It Matter: How Managers Can Motivate by Creating Meaning (March 2015), a book that has received many accolades including “The 2106 Leadership Book of the Year - First Runner Up.” His second book, Find the Fire: Reignite Your Inspiration & Make Work Exciting Again (October, 2017) has likewise received much acclaim. He’s also a LinkedIn Learning course instructor and CEO/founder of Profound Performance, a keynote, workshop, and coaching company. Scott frequently appears in a variety of national media.