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Informal networks: Strategies for middle managers to boost their influence

Chartered Management Institute

My current research is on people who thrive in these conditions – the stars who make things happen beyond their formal span of control and budget. The curious finding from this research is that the most successful strategy is to be highly collaborative. In a competitive world you can not succeed alone: you need allies.

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How Much Do You Invest in Leadership Development?

Lead Change Blog

Increasingly, leaders exist in a much longer ‘span of control’ network. They need to get things done without too much ‘command and control’. We need to acknowledge their presence and invest in their skills and talents. We need to redefine which leadership capabilities matter most.

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The Pros And Cons Of A Bossless Organization

The Horizons Tracker

Where things go wrong is not typically the growing span of control or communication difficulties, as is often stated, but rather the compounding of evaluators’ errors. These can dry up as the market matures, however. “Our results don’t mean we must dismiss the bossless company,” the researchers suggest.

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Tips for Navigating Through a Job Transition

Lead Change Blog

In the earlier organization, one would have been one of the best performers; but in the new culture and with an increased span of control, the same person may find it difficult to perform at similar levels as before at least in the beginning. Your performance may dip during the transition to the new organization.

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Am I A Nice Boss?

Lead Change Blog

Of course, it’s difficult to remember everything, especially if your span of control is 25 or more—let alone if you also want to remember things about all the coworkers your direct colleagues guide in the everyday operation of your organization. Has someone recently passed away in their personal circle?

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Leading Rookie Talent: The Tight Rope and the Safety Net

Leading Blog

The senior partners and project managers are given a very large span of control (essentially running a three-ring circus). Instead of being seen as a punishment, the safety net is viewed as a service, a benefit to which a more junior colleague is entitled and can ask for. Keep the nets in place.

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Leadership Challenge

N2Growth Blog

It only requires effort on your part and a sincere desire to better serve those within your span of control, or your sphere of influence. This process will work for anyone in your value chain – peers, subordinates, customers, vendors, partners, etc.