How To Handle A Subordinate

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about a subordinate who doesn’t listen:

Being a newly appointed Manager or Team Lead, how would you handle a subordinate who doesn’t listen to you?

Signed, Doesn’t Listen To Me

Dear Doesn’t Listen To Me:

An answer to your question is a matter of combining authority with communication. These two words have a world of theory and site-specific meaning, and you will need to weigh if the thoughts I present apply to your situation. Although your short question provides little or no detail, my answer will not be so brief as to say, “Yell and pound your fist” or “Speak softly and be a nice guy or gal.” Rather what I say must be general rather than specific, and it is not brief.

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