Managers make things happen, and that is precisely what companies expect from them. Upper-level executives want managers to see the big picture — the corporate vision, if you will — and to structure the processes, within their fields of expertise, to bring the picture to life for the prosperity of the company. Your bosses want you to motivate the employees who report to you to meet the company's needs as well as the needs of employees. Sometimes, it seems, this means a smoke-and-mirrors approach — doing much more with far less. But that's what companies want, too!