I’m Not Your Mommy: Philosophies to manage the Catch-22 of being a woman leader

A while back one of my associates, during a one-on-one, complained about his workload, the many unattended emails in his inbox and how he felt he was always behind. This was a regular pattern with this associate, especially after he had been traveling or came back from vacation.

I did what any manager would do. I told him we should look at this workload and prioritize. He continued to complain and not matter how I tried to divert the conversation, he seemed to singularly focused on his rant. After a point, I said to him that this was not sustainable and we needed to work on prioritization so he wouldn’t feel overwhelmed. He then said, “It’s fine. Can’t you just be my mommy and let me complain?”

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Amulya Malladi