trimmed your middle management

English translation: Yes

16:42 Dec 24, 2016
English language (monolingual) [PRO]
English term or phrase: trimmed your middle management
Hello everyone,

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."

a. To remove the excess or unwanted parts from

Am I correct in thinking that "trim" here means the same as "get rid of", i.e. they fired some of their managers?

Thank you.
Mikhail Korolev
Local time: 08:30
Selected answer:Yes
They got rid of some of the intermediate-level managers.
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Jack Doughty
United Kingdom
Local time: 05:30
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Thank you, Jack!
And Merry Christmas!
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Jack Doughty

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They got rid of some of the intermediate-level managers.

Jack Doughty
United Kingdom
Local time: 05:30
Native speaker of: English
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Thank you, Jack!
And Merry Christmas!

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Robin Levey: Yes - but they didn't necessarily "fire them" as Asker suggests. They may have been re-assigned to other, non-middle-management, positions in the business.
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agree  Yvonne Gallagher: yes, with Robin. Season's Greetings Jack and klp!
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agree  Daryo
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agree  acetran
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agree  Charlesp
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