I hear and learn the coolest things from my Coaching Clients.
We were talking about what it meant to have balance among our values. I shared a personal example of being out-of-balance when my value of Freedom was threatened due to a micro-managing manager.
That’s when he said my story made him think of a manager he once had who “Wanted to micro-manage but couldn’t quite commit.”
After my initial laughter at his clever observation subsided, he explained. This manager would appear at his desk from behind, place his hands on his shoulders, and proceed to inquire about what my Client was working on. Before he could respond, the manager was gone off to the next thing.
My Coachee and I talked further about his story and drew in on a couple of conclusions. One was that this manager was insincere … saying one thing and acting incongruently with his words. And my Client went on to comment about the managers in his past who did follow through on their commitment to micromanage.
To these he simply stated … “To micromanage is just rude!”