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3 Ways to Deal with an Office Control Freak

We depend on colleagues to help us get work done, but some colleagues are more difficult to work with than others.  You know what I’m saying.  Some of those colleagues are total control freaks. 

In this week’s video, lets talk about what you can do to build a better relationship with that colleague and get key work done in the process.

As always, the juiciest stuff is in the video below, but if you’re too pressed for time to watch the full 6 minute video, here’s a quick snapshot. 

  • Manage your Colleague’s insecurities.  Most people who are control freaks are insecure about the value they provide to the organization.  Knowing that, you can adjust your style.  Run ideas by them, include them in your idea generation and of course thank them sincerely for the things that they do.


  • Assume that the control freak behavior is intended to protect you or the team.  Who knows?  This colleague may have been burned in the past because, from their perspective, they didn’t micromanage a process or a person.  It doesn’t make the behavior appropriate, but this perspective can allow you to approach a conversation with this colleague from a place of understanding. 


  • Challenge yourself.  Is there anything you are currently doing, or have done in the past, that would cause this colleague to distrust you?  If so, your best bet is to flood this person with positive moments to overshadow the negative perception they have.  Remember, it takes 12 distinct positive moments to counteract a negative impression. 

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The corporate world needs that unique gift that only you bring. So go out into the world, act with conviction, be courageous and live joyfully every single day.

XO, Adwoa

Adwoa Dadzie is a Vice President of Human Resources at Comcast and a Millennial Corporate Career Thought Leader.

The views expressed in this post are Adwoa’s and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.


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