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Are you a Micromanager?
Posted: October 01, 2006

If you are, you need to stop.

This is not a healthy way to manage people—for yourself or your employees.

Managers need to look at their need to control. If you are trying to get your employees to do things the way you do them, be warned, this is a dangerous mindset for a manager. Instead of vehemently trying to control the process, begin looking ahead to the outcome.

Managers tend to micromanage as a form of quality control. If a manager is always swamped with work and can never seem to let others take a piece of the responsibility pie — then there is a significant problem.

Learning to trust your staff and allowing them to make mistakes is an important step in becoming a mature manager. Good managers help make sure their direct reports keep the flow of work proceeding. Managers should take a greater interest in the growth of their staff. This infusion of workplace freedom will create a positive environment that encourages employees to work autonomously and productively.

Managers can improve their management skills by letting go of their need to control quality at every stop in the process. It’s important to remind yourself that you are not the quality control cop. You are a manager, which means you should be empowering your employees to do their jobs and not blocking their ability to do it by second guessing, redoing work and spending long hours in the office.

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