In January 2020, I moved to the American Midwest for a job that any early career academic would consider a dream. I am in a largely research focused position with a smattering of Undergraduate teaching. I research and teach into university courses on leadership and power, negotiation, organisational behaviour and in general, workplace behaviour. I also moonlight as an Organisational Psychologist back in Australia, consulting on topics related to those listed above. Being in America, you could imagine that similar to pretty much everyone else here, I have been tuned into the US Election. Through my work, I have also …
I’ve been wondering if life might be a little easier if we had no expectations of each other. It seems that almost all disagreements and divides come down to a sense that expectations are not met. But what is the cost of having no expectations? And how do can we gain benefit from shared expectations?
What do you get when put two control freaks on a tandem bike together? The same thing you get when you put two high achievers on a project together! Here are some tips for managers of control freaks, co-workers of control freaks, and the control freaks themselves (from a fellow control freak). Image source: www.tandembicycletours.com
One of our greatest challenges is standing back and allowing others to learn from their own actions, triumphs and mistakes. It can be too easy to step in and ‘save the day’ at the first ‘wobble of the wheels’. However, when you give others the space to apply new learnings, you provide invaluable opportunities to develop confidence and competence.