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Understanding micromanagement

Understanding micromanagement



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Micromanager Micromanager Presentation Transcript

  • Micromanager
  • A President as Micromanager: How Much Detail Is Enough? Wall Street Journal, August 12, 2009 Is Obama a micromanager?
  • Is Steve Jobs a micromanager?
  • Martha Stewart?
  • Vision Criteria Detailed The difference - that allows for imagination
  • The Incredibles Cohesive and imaginative
  • 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
    • Personal style – how they react and treat all friends, family, workers
    • A learned behavior - remnants of an autocratic work environment
    • Situational – “troubled” project, high profile project, and some people (sigh) need to be micromanaged
    Why micromanagement occurs
    • Hard workers - both the micromanager and the employees care and work hard = frustration.
    • Asymmetric views on contribution. Unable to leverage skillsets. Small use of potential.
    • Controlling vs. other ways of mitigating risk. They create what they believe. Rigid vs. adaptable.
    • Interesting unawareness about their effect on morale. Perhaps attribute to employee deficiency and the micromanager as the lone worker.
  • 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).
  • Fear & Trust Risk & Control Negative outcomes & Contribution How do you handle
  • 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
  • Encourage productive conflict Make new mistakes (don’t keep making the same ones) Make lots of little mistakes (don’t make the big ones)
  • Just enough detail Just enough quality Just enough process
  • In reality
    • Sometimes micromanagement can’t be managed
    • See the micromanager as - unable to deal with stress and uncertainty
    • Learn from this experience - anticipate and create better somewhere else
    • Gain confidence and accomplishment from other sources
    • If you can, get A New Job (ANJ)
  • See if the door is closed Install another perspective Learn acting. Hollywood. Meanwhile
  • Have you been micromanaged? www. themicroproject .blogspot.com We want to hear from you Take a confidential survey at: