That’s the title of a brief article in Harvard Business Review’s The Daily Idea. The article was referencing a blog post written by Ethan Molick entitled Research: Middle Managers Have an Outsized Impact on Innovation.
Here’s an excerpt:
Why do project managers have such a large impact? The answer has to do with the difficult, but often critically important, situation they find themselves in. Higher-ups don’t give them the resources they want, and subordinates are annoyed by the directives the project managers are mandated to promulgate. Squeezed from above and below, they have to make do. Some people are very bad at this and destroy value. But some are really good at it. The best have a knack for turning restrictions on resources into creative solutions. It’s almost magical.
I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone call what we do “magical.” Read the entire blog post. I think you’ll really enjoy it.