Why the Parent-Child Dynamic Between Leaders and Employees Does Not Work

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Imagine a leader who says, “I’ve done the thinking; now you do the work.” Does that sound familiar? That’s the epitome of the parent-child dynamic that still pervades the workforce. I recently spoke to an expert about that dynamic, why it’s not working very well, and what works better.

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Mark Williams, the Head of Product at an HR software company called People First, says that “most employer and employee relationships are borne out of an industrial-era relationship.” Unlike modern workplaces, the work dynamic in the industrial era was a lot simpler. Williams remarks that “work

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