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Did someone put you into a box?

January 8th, 2013 · No Comments

Did your manager put you into a box? You have a well defined set of responsibilities. Your manager will never let you get out of the box. He wants to handle the high-visibility activities. Explicitly and implicitly, you’re put into a box.

This happens a lot in corporate environment. This is because most middle level managers are terribly insecure. They are afraid that their subordinates will outshine them. They do whatever it takes to put their team members into the right boxes with clear boundary.

If you’re in a situation like this, my recommendation to you is that you need to assess if it is worthwhile to stay inside the box. Sometimes it might be a big box that you have a lot of room to learn and grow. But, keep in mind, at some points in the future, the box will be too suffocating and restrictive for your growth. You need to get yourself out of the box as soon as you can when you reach that point.

Tags: Bad Boss · Frustration@Work

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