Chapter . Criticism Among Equals

''You can't tell your coworker what to do or how to do his job. It's not your place,'' says a sixth-grade teacher. ''And even if you do,'' she adds, ''you're going to be told, 'Don't tell me what to do. You are not my boss.' ''

This teacher's statement is something I've heard thousands of times and cogently points out the difficulty of criticizing a coworker: You do not have the organizational authority to tell your coworker what to do because the organizational structure places you at the same level, presumably in both job skills and job power, of decision-making authority.

This is in marked contrast to the superior-subordinate relationship in which the superior is granted organizational power to, if necessary, ...

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