Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Micromanagers

"Micromanagers" sounds like a dirty word, doesn't it?

Few of us that have worked for/with micromanagers have enjoyed the experience.

Here are some of the attributes of micromanagers:

  • They feel they have to control or be involved in every step of the process.
  • They tend to layer reporting requirements on top of already onerous production challenges.
  • They often perseverate on the wrong metrics, the micro (and less consequential) stuff, mostly because that's the stuff that's easiest to measure.
  • They regularly "burn up" way too much time in called meetings or ad hoc conversations in which they're drilling for information/data that is procurable without pulling the worker bees off task.
  • They believe permission trumps production (thus progress).
What kind of employees do micromanagers lose?
  • Those who prefer to create and innovate in pursuit of a noble cause.
  • Talented team players (who usually drift away quietly).
  • Those who care about and prefer to pursue the big picture stuff, not the minutiae.
Maybe it is a dirty word after all.

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