Are you being watched? Many planners work in an environment were every step that they make in their planning is watched. On the manager level, some think that they need to ensure that some novice planners are following through on tactical items buy following-up diligently. However, there are some cases where some tenured planners are still being watched like a hawk! There is a true need for all events to go as smoothly as  possible, but does that mean that it has to be micromanaged in order to get the desired result? If you find yourself dependent on your manager for every little step you take, as a capable professional planner, you might want to cut the umbilical cord and focus more on becoming more independent.   How do you do this? I’m not advocating for you to become a complete rebel in your work, however becoming aware of your situation is the first step.

Identify specific areas that you are dependent.

Finding specific areas in which you feel micro-managed or restrained, is a great first step. Whether it is how you manage your time, or how you cross-check your rooming-lists, every planner has a sense for where this area would be. Write down every area that you feel confident enough to take the step away from being dependent.

Reset expectations to to gain independence.

It is important that after you identify these dependent areas that you reset expectations with your superior. Sometimes this step works well with having a discussion with your superior to consult with them on the areas you have identified; and your new position of independence. These discussions, when done right can be very relieving for both parties. Let your superior know that they can trust you, and that you don’t need any further hand-holding. Help them understand that by you gaining independence, it will allow them to become more independent as well.

Move forward with the new plan.

Once you have gained buy-in from your superiors, move forward diligently. Make sure you are always following through on the items that you discussed so that you continue to gain more trust and further independence. The worst that can happen is that you drop the ball after you fought so hard to not be dependent.

These short steps for independence don’t just work on superior’s you can try them out with a team that you are working with or even co-workers. The main thing is having the discussion to adjust the environment in which you work. In the end it can be beneficial for everyone. Are there other ways that you have tried that have worked for you? I would love to hear your ideas via comments below.