Category Archives: Academic insights & evidence

Ik ben gevraagd geweest…

Is het u ook al opgevallen dat Belgen voor topposities steeds ‘gevraagd worden’ of geen kandidaat waren of zijn voor de positie (cf. Kris Peeters dit weekend in de Tijd). Vreemd is dat niet, of toch niet in België. Prof. … Continue reading

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Listening is not about understanding the other, but about making the other feel understood

Being silent has an impact for the good or for the worse. Dave Ulrich made clear in his HR masterclass in Brussels that the loudest feedback is silence. Saying nothing when you ought to speak is approving the other’s bad … Continue reading

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New Research: What Sets Effective Middle Managers Apart

Once more a study shows that middle managers who act as middle leaders are next to senior managers the most important determinants for innovation/change in organizations today.  Read this Harvard business review blog post on some great research: http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2013/05/reinventing_middle_management.html?referral=00563&cm_mmc=email-_-newsletter-_-daily_alert-_-alert_date&utm_source=newsletter_daily_alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=alert_date

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Middle managers & leadership – part 4 – results of the Leadership for Middle Management program

As mentioned here and here, the role of the middle manager is transforming to the point that they may be the most important people in your company today (Mollick, 2011). There are a multitude of reasons for this, but just … Continue reading

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Middle managers & leadership – part 3: how to become a middle leader?

“Which leadership book or training can you recommend me? How can I become a middle leader?” These simple questions require very complex answers if you consider all dimensions of leadership. Day, Harrison and Halpin (2009) advocate an integrative model of … Continue reading

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Middle managers & leadership – part 2: leading from the middle: future proof middle managers.

“The distinguishing feature of middle management is not where they sit in the organization chart. What makes them unique is their access to top management coupled with their knowledge of operations. This enables them to function as mediators between the … Continue reading

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Middle managers & leadership – part 1: dynamo’s or dinosaurs in your organisation?

Research is ambivalent about the future of middle managers. “New technology itself has become the great general manager,” writes Lynda Gratton (2011, p. 36 ). She’s leading an international research consortium on the ‘future of work’. She announces the end of … Continue reading

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