Business 101: Micromanaging | Let Go. Be Happy.

For nearly the past 10 years I have had the opportunity to operate my own business. It is something that has been on and off, meaning I pick it up when I want to and with it I have learned many things about people and doing business. If anything it has been a great learning tool and experience. With most of my business being helping other businesses I have learned some very important tools that help keep people in business. Over the next couple of weeks I am going share some of my business philosophies and experiences with you in hope that they will help those in business already or those who may want to go into business for themselves do so successfully. – @sunnydwes

Have you ever had someone who just hovered over your every move and every thought? No matter what you do they have some sort of input? Every minor detail is observed and monitored, this is micromanaging.

I happen to find micromanaging to be very obnoxious and not conducive to an enjoyable work environment. More importantly I believe micromanaging actually causes a lack of work because you can feel that hovering as if a vulture preying on its next victim. Ok, maybe that is a little dramatic but I really disagree with that style of managing people or employees. It sends a message to the individuals being micromanaged of there being a lack of trust and empowerment, saying “I want you to do this but I do not think you are capable of doing if I am not with you every step of the way, I might of well have done it myself.”

What should be a job for one person is taking at least two people because of micromanaging and is now cutting productivity in half.

Are you micromanaging? Here are some signs that you might be a micromanager:

1. Avoiding Delegation – unwilling to allow someone else to do something; feel like it will not be done “right” if you are not the one doing it
2. Easily Irritated By Employees Making Decisions (within their given authority) you have to be included in every decision even if it within the authority delegated to the group or individual
3. Defending Management Style (“structured”, “organized”, or “perfectionistic”) finding yourself constantly defending you style of management while utilizing words like “structured” or “organized” but your co-workers or employees use something like “anal-retentive”
4. Dictating A Job Be Done A Specific Way (regardless of effectiveness) it doesn’t matter if it is a better or more efficient way it isn’t your way and so it won’t do
5. Anxiety/Constant Worry – racing thoughts about projects you are not involved in causing unnecessary stress

**Food for thought: more than likely such factors and behaviors are not only affecting work and will find themselves in your personal live as well.

But don’t worry there are ways to overcome this. Before overcoming something in this regard we must first look to why the behavior exists. Yes, it could just be because it is the way you are or it can be other contributing factors. The need to feel valued, job stability, or upper management pressure to perform are all factors which could cause one to begin to micromanage. Another big culprit whom I have seen within those owner/operator type businesses is when the business begins to not profit as much as anticipated or as needed. Whether standalone or combined any of these can produce an insecurity or fear leading to micromanaging but as I said, there is hope.

Overcoming Micromanaging:

1. Hire The Right People – take time to hire quality people; invest in those people (profiling your employees or future employees will reveal their strengths)
2. Create Accountability or “Circle of Trust” – allow people to be accountable to their actions with you or their peers (ie: peer 180 review from time to time would be beneficial)
3. Vocalize Expectations – majority of the disappointment we feel is from an expectation we never communicated;
4. Empower Not Enable – give the tools and authority to succeed instead
5. Incentivize – provide a reason for someone to take ownership

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