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Leading from the Middle with Scott Mautz

by | Jul 9, 2021 | Podcast, Winning Well |

If you have a boss and are a boss, you’ll be very familiar with the messy middle. Leading from the middle requires a special mindset and specific leadership skills. In this episode, former P&G senior executive and author Scott Mautz gives you practical skills and the mindset to thrive and transform your organization. Have something ready to write with – you’ll want to take notes!

Leading from the Middle

1:12 – Meet Scott Mautz, former Proctor and Gamble executive, author, and award-winning leadership thinkervirtual online leadership training

2:47 – The early tough leadership lessons we learn by trying. You don’t have to be good to start, but you do have to start to be good.

5:14 – What it means to lead from the middle and why Scott avoids the label “middle manager.”

7:28 – The passion Scott has for people leading from the middle and the opportunity you have when leading from the middle.

8:32 – The tensions and challenges that come with leading in the middle. For example, you both have authority and need to be deferential. Are autonomous but need to collaborate.

10:34 – The inherent role of conflict at the intersection of horizontal and vertical information flow.

12:42 – The research-based mindsets that the most effective middle managers embrace. How they reframe their role from being stuck to one of massive opportunity and influence.

17:25 – A look at several of the critical roles that help you succeed at leading from the middle, starting with the role of Translator.

20:04 – The Synthesizer role and how you make vision and strategy relevant for your teams

21:22 – The role of Strategist, and why it might be the most important role when leading from the middle – and the number one action you can take to become a better strategist – even when you’re pressed for time.

29:53 – The role of Sense Maker and how you add context and interpret what is happening, being sure to fill in the blanks for everyone on your team.

34:10 – The vital role your peers play in your success and how to build more effective relationships with your colleagues.

40:56 –  Your relationship with your boss, the most common problem managers have with their own boss, and the number one action you can take to solve this challenge and build a more effective working relationship.

45:29 – Recognizing the humanity of both your boss and yourself.

Connect with Scott:

Website: scottmautz.com
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/scottmautz
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ScottMautzPP
Twitter: @scott_mautz

Get Scott’s Book:

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David Dye helps human-centered leaders find clarity in uncertainty, drive innovation, and achieve breakthrough results.  He’s the President of Let’s Grow Leaders, an international leadership development and training firm known for practical tools and leadership development programs that stick. He’s the award-winning authors of four books including Courageous Cultures: How to Build Teams of Micro-Innovators, Problem Solvers, and Customer Advocates and Winning Well: A Manager’s Guide to Getting Results-Without Losing Your Soul and hosts the popular Leadership without Losing Your Soul podcast. David is a former executive and elected official. David and his wife and business partner, Karin Hurt, are committed to their philanthropic initiative, Winning Wells – building clean water wells for the people of Cambodia.


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