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How do you deal with a micromanaging CD? I feel completely stifled at work and he treats me (and anyone below him) like an intern. At this point I just want to quit. Any tips are appreciated.

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I disagree with CD1. Micromanaging is not an HR issue. IMO They’re underperforming as a leader by not providing room for you to develop. If you want change, go to them. Ask them about it. Start a dialogue about how to resolve it. If you’re new to (potentially confrontational) convos like this, map out your talk track, rehearse a few times and feel prepared for various reactions from your CD. Truth is, you’re on the verge of quitting. This may push you back in the door or all the way out. But at least you will have handled it on your terms. Good Luck.

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In my experience, HR will smile to your face and thank you for letting them know - then mark you as a "complainer" which will put you closer to the top of the list when the layoffs inevitably come

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Yeah don’t run to HR. Talk to ECDs

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I’d tell him exactly that, with examples: “When you do A) and B), I feel completely stifled. Can we try another way of working together? I feel I’m currently being used at 1/10 of my abilities, and it makes me wanna quit.” Toxic silence doesn’t help anyone and chances are, he has no idea you suffer. He’ll also respect you more if you set some boundaries.

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Def talk to him. If he’s worth his salt, he’ll take it as advice and adjust. They don’t train creatives how to be leaders in this business. We only learn from on the job experience and from those around us. Maybe he had bad examples set for him. I know I’d appreciate frank feedback even if it hurts

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🙏 thank you all SO MUCH for the helpful advice. Until now, I’ve really loved my agency and actually felt like I have room to advance my career here. It almost feels impossible that one person can change that, but I need to dedicate myself to remedying this situation for my own professional wellbeing. Thanks again, everyone.

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That happened to me and my CD eventually got fired (non related) but I was really thankful that I didn’t ever bring anything into HR or into the spotlight because I was able to just sweep it all away when he left. I’d say talk to him too. The one time I confronted my cd about something. He got really defensive (awkward) but then changed his attitude the next day, taking my feedback. It eventually shifted back to how it was before. But maybe if I kept bringing it up it would’ve resolved.

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CD 1 - your reply is so disappointing. Listen to the others on here please.

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Complain. Chances are he’s already got a file with HR.

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