When Is It Good and Not So Good To Be A Micromanager?

Micromanagement is the result of a leader or managers insecurities in their leadership.

They aren’t confident in themselves.

They don’t trust who they are; fear letting go, sharing responsibility.

Distrusting of others

They use the negative expression of “perfection”” as a positive trait by setting up employees in an unobtainable quest they know will lead to failure.

In meetings they ignore differences in opinion.

There are however exceptions.

Christine Riordan notes six instances when it would be beneficial to micromanage:

1) Where a strategy is changing. Detailed direction is needed until the new approach is thoroughly understood and taken on board by everyone.

2) Where the business is taking on a new endeavour. Closer supervision is necessary if new products or services are being launched and an “all hands on deck” mentality will convey a “team approach”.

3) When there’s a new leader, employee or unit. Riordan suggests “reviewing projects in more detail, helping set priorities, providing interpretations of situations, making introductions around the company”.

4) When an employee or leader fails to execute. If the project is lingering, find out if there are knowledge gaps or a lack of skills.

5) When a customer registers a serious complaint. This will, of course, need thorough investigation.

6) When results are disappointing. Find out the cause, and what’s being done to turn the situation around.

Additional words of wisdom from Fast Company:

KEEP UP FREQUENT COMMUNICATION

To create a neighborhood, you have to open the lines of communication.

Engage with your team members. Let them know what you are doing and keep them up-to-date on why things are happening as they are in the organization. Listen to their concerns and work to address them.

THE TEAM WILL NOT FEEL MICROMANAGED IF YOUR EVALUATIONS AND CORRECTIONS OF THEIR WORK ARE JUST ONE SMALL PART OF THE INTERACTIONS THEY HAVE WITH YOU.

via How Do I Avoid Being A Micromanager? | Fast Company | Business + Innovation.

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via How Do I Avoid Being A Micromanager? | Fast Company | Business + Innovation.

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