Anyone have advice for dealing with overbearing managers? I’m stretched thin on three different engagements and am feeling anxious about the criticism(some constructive, some not) I am getting from a particular manager. Most of the other managers I work with communicate more sporadically and are pretty kind. I feel like I’m under the microscope on this particular engagement.

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It’s all about adapting to what their used to. Did they have the same complaints about the work last year? Get an idea of what happened in py and what can be improved. do your best to execute and communicate to them what your doing and how it is being adapted to what they’re looking for. If they are still micromanagey start to involve them more at each step. At each step make sure you’re adapting to what they need as the default. Deviate from the default only if a constraint on the process requires you to do so. Make sure to communicate the constraint and deviation with them. Basically plan each step with them and discuss the obstacles in the process then execute. I’ve had to do this before with similar managers. It’s kind of a grueling process but it helps to show them that you can be trusted in delivering what they are expecting. At the end of it the two of you should be a great team. If not it’s probably toxic.


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