Micromanager

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Micromanager

  1. 1. Micromanager
  2. 2. A President as Micromanager: How Much Detail Is Enough? Wall Street Journal, August 12, 2009 Is Obama a micromanager?
  3. 3. Is Steve Jobs a micromanager?
  4. 4. Martha Stewart?
  5. 5. Vision Criteria Detailed The difference - that allows for imagination
  6. 6. The Incredibles Cohesive and imaginative
  7. 7. What vs. How to do it Make fries that are crispy and flavorful vs. Go to the refrigerator, get the fries, and then fry them
  8. 8. <ul><li>Personal style – how they react and treat all friends, family, workers </li></ul><ul><li>A learned behavior - remnants of an autocratic work environment </li></ul><ul><li>Situational – “troubled” project, high profile project, and some people (sigh) need to be micromanaged </li></ul>Why micromanagement occurs
  9. 9. <ul><li>Hard workers - both the micromanager and the employees care and work hard = frustration. </li></ul><ul><li>Asymmetric views on contribution. Unable to leverage skillsets. Small use of potential. </li></ul><ul><li>Controlling vs. other ways of mitigating risk. They create what they believe. Rigid vs. adaptable. </li></ul><ul><li>Interesting unawareness about their effect on morale. Perhaps attribute to employee deficiency and the micromanager as the lone worker. </li></ul>Conflict
  10. 10. Fundamentally all micromanagement is based on a lack of trust (e.g. doubtful about the ability to make the right decision, to be competent, to be able to contribute, to do something without errors).
  11. 11. Fear & Trust Risk & Control Negative outcomes & Contribution How do you handle
  12. 12. For manual work, efficiency was enough. For knowledge work, effectiveness is more important than efficiency. Set the right priorities Build on strengths Focus on contributions and results
  13. 13. Encourage productive conflict Make new mistakes (don’t keep making the same ones) Make lots of little mistakes (don’t make the big ones)
  14. 14. Just enough detail Just enough quality Just enough process
  15. 15. In reality <ul><li>Sometimes micromanagement can’t be managed </li></ul><ul><li>See the micromanager as - unable to deal with stress and uncertainty </li></ul><ul><li>Learn from this experience - anticipate and create better somewhere else </li></ul><ul><li>Gain confidence and accomplishment from other sources </li></ul><ul><li>If you can, get A New Job (ANJ) </li></ul>
  16. 16. See if the door is closed Install another perspective Learn acting. Hollywood. Meanwhile
  17. 17. Have you been micromanaged? www. themicroproject .blogspot.com We want to hear from you Take a confidential survey at:

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