When the manager doesn’t check in with you first

Have you ever had a manager dabble in a bit of  ‘DIY decision-making’ when reaaallllly they should have checked with you first? 😬

Cue the facepalm! 🤦🏻‍♀️

It is enough to send you into a panic right? Especially when their problem resolution skills are questionable, to say the least.

But rather than panic, here is my advice on what to do;

💭Pause – take a breather, what’s done is done.

💭 Remember, they’re the manager – it’s their responsibility to own their actions and decisions, even if they skipped consulting you first.

💭 Communicate constructively, respect their initiative, and ask how it went (who knows, they might have done a great job!).

💭 If it turned out well, celebrate that and highlight what specifically impressed you. Agree on monitoring steps moving forward.

💭 But if things went south, you’ll need to dig deeper. Ask about their intentions, why they chose that action, and discuss any lingering issues or risks. Together, devise a plan to address or undo any potential damage

💭 In either scenario, remind them gently that while they may feel capable, these situations can present unexpected challenges that you’re best equipped to advise on. Encourage them to reach out to you next time before taking action to run their thinking past you.

Remember, despite our best efforts, the managers are the decision makers at the end of the day, and we can only advise and support.

Always keep a professional attitude, use it as a teachable moment and fo

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