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Points of Ignition
With these trends giving managers more power, now is the time to focus on the unique contributions you can make as you lead your firm. After three years of exhaustive research, a custom survey and interviews with more than 100 working managers, it became apparent that veteran middle managers hold many of the keys to corporate success. With their vast networks, understanding of the competitive landscape and ability to connect the vision to the field troops, managers have special power--power that they can harness with seven ignition points. Here’s a brief introduction to the “ignition points,” as well as action steps that you, as a manager, can take in your quest to leverage your power:
Action item. In times of loss, the corporate memo won’t do. The best managers help their people work toward resiliency.
Given their unique roles in the middle, deep knowledge and credibility, managers represent the best way to re-craft the world of work. Managers can lead us from what we have today to the purpose-filled peace and success we want. With the four trends opening the path and the seven ignition points providing the leverage and guidance, now is the time for managers to shine.
Vince Thompson is a former AOL executive, Internet revenue consultant, speaker and the author of Ignited: Managers! Light Up Your Company and Career for More Power, More Purpose and More Success (FT Press, 2007). He can be reached via his web site at
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