Why are middle managers also direct reports themselves?

I’ll be straight up with ya: I am not a fan of middle managers, writ large. I’ve encountered 1–2 good ones in my days hitting the numbers in fish-reeking HQs (“Bring that for lunch ONE more time, Tom, and see what I do!”), but I’ve encountered roughly 946 bad ones. I have stories for days, many of which have been told on this blog over the years, including in posts about how middle managers

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