Last Updated Jun 23, 2008 2:23 PM EDT
- The Find: The term control freak isn't usually considered a compliment, but one executive coach feels that the tendency to crave control actually offers significant advantages in business.
- The Source: Cheryl Cran writing on the Brazen Careerist blog.
- Control freaks control their thoughts. This means they know what they want and can focus on their goals without distracting what-ifs and how-abouts.
- Control freaks actually execute: no dreamy planning and little follow through for them.
- Control freaks don't wait for things to happen to them (can't control luck and coincidence). Instead, they take positive action to get the things they want.
- Focus, focus, focus.
- Stability during change: team members can be sure that control freaks have their eye on the ball (or all the balls in the air) and this can make it easier for everyone to get through periods of change with a minimum of stress.
The Question: Working with a control freak -- useful of dreadful?