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Back to The Present - I
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'The man who manages the man who manages the man who manages the man who manages the worker.'
"I'm in charge of all the tepid button issues."
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"Oh, hiring's O.K., but firing provides a real sense of closure."
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"You mean to tell me we're walking around with empty file folders."
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"How we doing on those commandments?"
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A businessman feeds his employees memos.
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Golden Parachutes for Middle Managers
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"Just what I need...!"
NHS Trust Hospital: Management Team/Medical Staff
A middle-manager relaxing on his day off...
An infestation of middle managers...
"It appears you're a bit overqualified to be exploited but somewhat underqualified to exploit others."
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"His executive functioning skills are low, but his middle-management functioning skills are quite promising."
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'Please save any questions for later, when the grief counselor gets here.'
"Had another of those lectures from HR about 'so-called' diversity."
"Great idea Norman,remember when did I have it?"
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Woman looking at notice on bulletin board: 'Middle Managers without Borders Support Group.'
We've cut out a lot of unnecessary middle management, or at least I think we have... There's no one left in HR to do a headcount!"
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"We've cut out a lot of unnecessary middle management, or at least I think we have... There's no one left in HR to do a headcount!"
"He's worried that the changes might only affect 10% of the job, but it might be the 10% he knows something about!"
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'Middle managers play tennis.'
"They're shifting the responsibility to the people with identifiable skills."
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"I've tried both, but I think I've had the most success delegating hunting."