Comments on: How to cope with a control-freak boss http://blogs.reuters.com/small-business/2011/10/08/how-to-cope-with-a-control-freak-boss/ Grow your own Thu, 26 Mar 2015 12:32:24 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: BusinessNanny http://blogs.reuters.com/small-business/2011/10/08/how-to-cope-with-a-control-freak-boss/comment-page-1/#comment-4890 Thu, 22 Mar 2012 22:37:19 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/small-business/?p=5982#comment-4890 This article is absolute B.S. It does nothing other than to advise the employer subjected to a control freak to bend over, take it, and please, please, please. Control freaks need clear and reasonable boundaries. Knowing that employees won’t jump at every email, knowing that they won’t answer emails after a certain time or on a certain day, etc. Control freaks need to learn not to treat their employees like crap. The best way to deal with a control freak boss is to give a reasonable amount of your time and energies, agree with them, then do just the best you can. They usually end up doing the work anyway, so really, do the best you can, document, document, document, and if something goes wrong under their freaky directions then you have proof, I’m sorry, maybe I misunderstood but your email clearly says to… but don’t sweat it or stress about it. The rest of their staff tend to shut down, and so, you’ll just be surrounded by like minded people. But if you let them stress you out or work you to the bone, no, that’s not the best way to deal with a control freak.

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By: bgreen http://blogs.reuters.com/small-business/2011/10/08/how-to-cope-with-a-control-freak-boss/comment-page-1/#comment-4599 Tue, 11 Oct 2011 17:35:02 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/small-business/?p=5982#comment-4599 Having worked for a micro-manager in the past, I, too, must disagree with you. That boss was manipualtive, and believed that every nit-picking detail was his key to success. I even overheard him one day saying that he was careful to hire people that were not as smart as himself! This is the typical attitude of a micro-managing boss.

Everyone in the organization knew he was a “jerk” as you put it. I’m sure he didn’t “decide” to be one, but he certainly didn’t decide to mentor employees and cultivate their success along with his.

The business world is replete with such bosses and the organizations that encourage them by overlooking their behavior and treatment of subordinates are doomed to stagnation or oblivion.

You say, “Once underlings demonstrate support and willingness to go the distance for a micromanaging boss, that person is more apt to be receptive to the worker’s needs…” This is nonsense and insulting. Further, micromanagers rarely reward their workers or their colleagues. They remain forever self-centered.

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By: Doha http://blogs.reuters.com/small-business/2011/10/08/how-to-cope-with-a-control-freak-boss/comment-page-1/#comment-4590 Sat, 08 Oct 2011 19:15:00 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/small-business/?p=5982#comment-4590 Allow me to disagree a bit. What you said could be true for some managers. But some control freaks are so because they want everything to be in their hands. They want to gloat and say that no one could do anything without their advice and help. They want to say that no one could think but them. In that case even if employees work hard to gain their trust they always pick on anything and they refuse to share experience to make sure they are the ones always in the picture. Such bosses also work to make sure their employees don’t believe in their abilities to remain in his shadow always. I think how to deal with control freaks depends mainly on understanding the personality we’re dealing with and why he is being such a control freak. There is no one way to deal with it

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