“There’s a canyon-sized gap between what company heads say they want (brave, bold, innovative) and what their own middle management seems to prefer (yes-men, worker bees, team players). ”
–Kathy Sierra, writing a take no prisoners post on how non C-level managers inadvertently knock out employees’ exuberance and passion to to learn, grow, adapt, and innovate–to find out why this happens, read her super smart post (and find out what the zombie function is).
Update: Commentator Veronica Combs says C-level exes make middle managers this way–because they want their middle managers to behave “just like zombies.” Good point- this is about managers in general and the gap between saying and doing–thanks, Ms. Combs.

“There’s a canyon-sized gap between what company heads say they want (brave, bold, innovative) and what their own middle management seems to prefer (yes-men, worker bees, team players). ”
–Kathy Sierra, writing a take no prisoners post on how non C-level managers inadvertently knock out employees’ exuberance and passion to to learn, grow, adapt, and innovate–to find out why this happens, read her super smart post (and find out what the zombie function is).
Update: Commentator Veronica Combs says C-level exes make middle managers this way–because they want their middle managers to behave “just like zombies.” Good point- this is about managers in general and the gap between saying and doing–thanks, Ms. Combs.