The days of middle management are over. Companies (and middle managers) haven’t noticed it yet.
We avoid complexity by bringing leadership to the work instead of the work to the leadership. That’s an important distinction. Too often, middle management just adds layers of message crafting so the upper-ups can pat someone (them or their boss) on the back. That should never be the goal in this fast-paced world.
Leadership wants results and they need to trust and empower teams to employ the right tactics that will bring those results. The results need to be realistic and the tactics have to be properly scoped. In the end, the leadership no longer dictates how.
Once that is fully realized, middle management disappears by instead rolling up their sleeves to cooperatively bring results.