Let’s take a look at the signs of micromanagement.
Stick with me and I’ll share some strategies for managing the micromanager. But first, let’s define micromanagement …
The Signs of Micromanagement
Here are 10 clear signs of micromanagement.
Are you a micro-manager? Do you know one?
Let’s see …
Micro-managers lack personal leadership and tend to:
- Resist delegating work
- Immerse themselves in the work assigned to others
- Look at the detail instead of the big picture
- Discourage others from making decisions
- Get involved in the work of others without consulting them
- Monitor what’s least important and expect regular reports on miscellany
- Push aside the experience and knowledge of colleagues
- Loose loyalty and commitment
- Focus on the wrong priorities
- Have a de-motivated team
Micromanagement is Mismanagement
Micro-managers are bad news for business and bad news for employees. They dis-empower staff, stifle opportunity and innovation, and give rise to poor performance.
Micromanagement is just plain bad management.
If you believe your team can’t be trusted and can’t do a proper job it won’t be long before they believe you! Micromanagement is a sure way to ensure your team won’t reach its full potential.
Coping With Micromanagers
Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don’t interfere as long as the policy you’ve decided upon is being carried out. – Ronald Reagan
So, how do you cope with a micromanager?
Changing their behaviour isn’t easy but it is possible in time and with great patience and resilience!
Here’s my advice …
1. Assess your behaviour
Are you doing anything that could give your manager cause for concern? Are you giving the job your full attention?
Perhaps your manager is a stickler for good timekeeping and you take a more relaxed approach. Try and match up to their values and beliefs.
2. Understand your manager
Learn to see things from their point of view.
By understanding the signs of micromanagement — knowing what they are trying to achieve — you may find that you can help them realise their goals.
Pursuing a common goal will help build trust and this will give you more freedom.
3. Challenge your manager
Insist on having regular 1:1 supervision sessions.
At these meetings agree to do something that helps them meet their goals.
And, challenge your manager when they interfere. Remind them of the agreement and their part in the bargain. Always ask your manager for the opportunity to do something on your own.
4. Frequent communication
Good communication and results is the best way to deal with the micromanager. Therefore give them an update on progress at every opportunity.
Because micromanagers rarely recognise their behaviour and the impact it has on the team it is worthwhile pointing this out to them once you have gained some trust.
They may be open to working with you. But then again, don’t expect too much — sooner or later they will revert to type. Sometimes it’s you who has to move on!
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What’s your experience of micromanagement?
How do you deal with the micromanager?
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