Sunday, September 26, 2010
I'd like to know the very specific definition of micromanaging. The reason I want to know is because it is very difficult to work for a manager who is a micro manager. What do you do then when you are instructed to follow in these same ways? Here's the scenario. Let's say you are a hard worker who has been in management for many years. You are hired into a management position and given a lot of room to do your job. As time goes on, you continue to acquire more and more responsibility. Along with this responsibility comes inside knowledge of how things really work behind the scenes. You begin to see all the managers for who they really are and not who they appear to be in front of everyone else. Now you are really noticing that the complaints you have been hearing over the years about being micromanaged are actually noticeable. So, going forward, you decide this is definitely not for you. You have no intentions of ever managing like this. You've always been really good about hiring good people that you can trust to do their jobs well so you don't have to micromanage them. You've always been taught that if you give your employees their instructions and trust them to do their jobs, they will follow through. If you treat your people well, they will work well for you. You have now spent many years working for a manager who is a micro manager. You are also well aware that his manager is a micro manager as well and pushes for things to be done that way. You are going to be promoted within a year and your boss is retiring. You are beginning to find yourself falling into the trap of micromanaging as well. How does this come about? How do you fix it before it is too late? How do you not alienate your employees during this transition period?