If you find yourself in a situation where you feel that your work is never good enough and your morale is slipping due to micromanagement, give yourself permission to step back for a bit:
All forms of disagreement, negotiation and conflict are communication. We too often put these in a separate box from communication and set that box on the shelf.
Conflict is as normal as...
You may have worked with someone who refused to take no for an answer. Or, maybe you have been this person.
Refusing to take no for an answer can be a strength.
“I feel like I’ve exhausted all options, but my manager / coworker will not take “no” for an answer.”
When you feel like you’ve exhausted all options, often you are frustrated and maybe feeling disengaged. This state can keep you from seeing other alternatives.
“I have a boss who does not like to communicate in person or on the phone. They prefer email. Do you have ideas to help provide the context that can be lost in email?”
When you have to work with someone who pushes off phone calls and face-to-face meetings, consider
“Every game is winnable if you change your mind about what the prize should be and your perspective about the players at the table.” - Shannon L. Alder
Just as a muscle gets stronger by being stressed, organizational and professional growth can improve as a result of negotiations and disagreements.