Throughout our careers, we may face difficulties due to the control-freak approach of a direct Manager/Boss. The first reaction is usually to criticize their style, fight it back. As a result of this reaction, the relationship with our direct Manager deteriorates progressively.
The real loser in this story is often us. So, here the 5 strategies that will help you to win this attitude and create support for your career path.
- Understand your boss’s sensitivities – Once you know him better, you will gain more insight into the area he is touchy about. This means you can target your actions and put him at ease.
- Don’t fight it – Understand the benefits of a micro-management approach. What can you learn from it? How will it benefit your long-term vision?
- Monitor your performances and “how are you perceived by your Boss” – This will help you to stay focused on the development of your key skills/expertise.
- Volunteer to work on task your Boss doesn’t like to invest his/her time – You will find space to express yourself and your Boss will actually let you do it!
- Always spread your eggs in multiple baskets – Join committees or additional projects outside your main role. This will help you to develop your network and enrich your portfolio of activities. As a result, the total time of your day affected by micromanagement will become lesser each day.
Time to accept that not all conflict is bad. Challenge accepted?