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The Night of the Deadly Micromanager

You want to make sure work is getting done correctly – You want to get the job completed exactly as you imagined it. What's the harm in making some suggestions here and there? Well, while you're at it, why not just peek over your employee's shoulder while they are working so you can be sure that they are clicking all the right buttons? Yes, this is the mind of micromanagment, and according to Brian Lucas it's a deadly risk. CEOs need to take care of rampant micromanagement as fast as possible. Lucas uses examples from some of his favorite TV shows to illustrate just what can happen when people are given free reign to come up with their own solutions instead of being told what kind of solution they should employ. On the opposite side is, of course, micromanagment:
Micromanagement on the other hand is the antithesis of trust and in fact a downright insult to the intelligence of an employee. There is nothing that will more speedily corrupt the self-actualization, attitude and commitment an employee has for their job and their company, as a micromanager. This does not mean to say that management cannot make suggestions for improvement. In an agile environment, anyone can. Associates can also suggest improvements to managers about the manager's own work. Try it sometime Mr. Manager and see what suggestions you get. Are you afraid? The key word here is suggestions and not orders.
Lucas suggests cutting out the threat of micromanagers by asking the right kind of “teamwork” questions during the interview process – and telling candidates explicitly that you don't allow micromanagers in your organization. Furthermore, a 360 degree review can help current employees understand whether they are micromanaging, and what they can do to prevent that type of behavior.

About Matthew Kabik

Matthew Kabik is the former Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He worked at Computer Aid, Inc. from 2008 to 2014 in the Harrisburg offices, where he was a copywriter, swordsman, social media consultant, and trainer before moving into editorial.

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