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English term or phrase: trimmed your middle management
From the book by the British author Danah Zohar:
"Imagine you are a business leader and your company isn’t doing as well as you would like. You feel your business practices and your approach to or style of leadership could be more effective, so you call in the consultants with their coaching and promised transformation programs. But none of these transformation exercises seem to make any real difference. They move the furniture about in the room, and for a while it looks different, but before long you realize it is the same old furniture in the same old room. You’ve got rid of some of your staff, reengineered your working practices, ***trimmed your middle management***, and made an effort to “communicate more.” You’ve defined your “company values” and printed them on little cards for employees to carry in their wallets. But nothing significant has changed."