Looking at the bias you bring to the conversations, you are either coming from a Bottom or Middle condition in this case. Think about your play in the system. Bottoms seek to identify and fix things that are wrong. Bottoms sabotage themselves by blaming the higher-ups for messing things up. Are you addicted to blaming up?
Middles are the web, connecting and coordinating the parts. They share, diagnose, and coordinate. Middles sabotage themselves by aligning to one part of the organization and losing the other (disperse / integrate). Are you playing favorites?