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Unhelpful workplace relationships — the Parent–Child dynamic

Posted by John Faisandier on Mar 24, 2014 11:23:34 AM

In their book Authentic Conversations, Jamie Showkeir , Maren Showkeir and Margaret J Wheatley focus on the way workplace relationships set up a Parent–Child dynamic. The manager or supervisor is cast in the position of the parent — taking responsibility for everything that happens, including employee happiness, security, and success.
The employee is cast in the position of the child — dependant on the manager for approval, for security, and for happiness at work. In their lives outside of work, these same people own and manage properties, raise families, run clubs and otherwise take full responsibility for themselves, but at work that doesn’t seem to count for much.

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Topics: Conversations, Difficult Conversations, Difficult Internal Customers, Ego States, Relationships

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