You can’t win against a control freak whether it is an associate or the boss.
If they have more power, they prevail.
You can make yourself miserable by trying to fight for some input but control freaks have to be in full charge or they are not happy.
One seemingly counterintuitive yet potent way to combat the control freak ruining the workplace is to do what they don’t expect.
Give them more control.
Ask them in detail how they want things done.
Pepper them with endless questions.
You may find that they will actually cede the details to you as long as they feel they are in charge.
This is a short-term workaround.
If you love your job, wait them out and hope they leave.
If it’s untenable, find a new job with less drama but there is no shortage of control freaks – there’s a good chance you will find more elsewhere.
To best a control freak, give them more control and they may call it a victory and cut you a break.
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