13: Managing up to a micromanager (Roleplay)

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Have you ever had that frustrating experience of working with a boss who keeps criticizing you and micromanaging you? Or, maybe you are a team leader who works with team members that you don’t trust that they can get the job done right, and your 1:1s are not going anywhere, as the team members don’t seem to take any responsibility and the same issues continue to happen? 

Whether you’re a team leader, a team member, or anyone who’s ever found themselves thinking, ‘There has to be a better way to handle this,’ this episode is for you. 

In this episode, we dive into a tense workplace scenario between a micromanaging and critical team lead, Lucie, and Chris, a team member who made a mistake. Both of them are experiencing frustration and miscommunication around job expectations and performance, specifically focusing on a recurring issue with the unfortunate "line number 13."

Through the roleplays and debriefing after, we explore themes of trust, micromanagement, and effective communication strategies in resolving workplace conflicts. The episode concludes with practical steps both parties can take to improve their working relationship and overall team dynamics.

Key Takeaways:

  1. The importance of pausing and reflecting in heated conversations
  2. Strategies for acknowledging and addressing micromanagement
  3. The role of trust and validation in workplace communication
  4. Practical steps for conflict resolution and improving team dynamics

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