Are you a micromanager?

by | May 7, 2012 | Uncategorised

I am sure you have all – like me – had the misfortune of being managed by a micromanager. Or maybe, at times, you have even recognised yourself falling into the trap of micromanaging despite knowing it doesn’t work. It’s a pattern of insanity we can all break if we recognise why we are doing it and take the correct Key Steps to ‘be the difference that makes the difference’. There are two simple steps to help you overcome this soul destroying habit. This week we will take step one and ensure that we can answer an important question…

Why do you fall into the trap?

Your “Key Steps” Coaching for the week ahead:

Step #1: Ask yourself, “Why do managers micromanage?” Although each set of circumstances are unique and there could be many reasons why managers fall into the trap of micromanaging, they usually fall into one of the following six reasons:

1. They think they can do their staff’s jobs better.

2. They don’t trust their staff to do the job properly.

3. They don’t know what else to do (i.e. they might not have learnt how to coach, mentor, train and empower their team to do their jobs effectively or they might not be taking the time to do it!)

4. They have staff who, even after the necessary training, mentoring and coaching, are not competent, capable or willing to do their job.

5. They might be insecure and don’t want anyone to do a better job than them or to take credit for successes.

6. They simply haven’t thought through the motivation-killing, creativity-crushing effects of micromanaging staff.

Catch yourself this week – and it might not be at work, it might be at home (some of us micromanage our partners and kids too!) – and make a note of why you micromanage. If it’s your manager who is micromanaging, use this week to notice why and it can help you to change the dynamic. It’s important to become conscious and aware of doing it before next week so we can then take step two together and…

“be the difference that makes the difference




NOTE: The information in my blog may be freely shared and re-used in any online or offline publication, provided it is accompanied by the following credit line: This was written by Dr Sharon King Gabrielides, and originally appeared in her free bi-weekly  ‘Key Steps Food for Thought Blog’ available on the Key Steps website.

Dr Sharon King Gabrielides, EQ Expert, Founder and CEO

Sharon is a dynamic facilitator, speaker and executive coach with over 25 years’ experience in leadership development and organisational transformation. Her PhD thesis contributed a framework for holistic and sustainable leadership development that was published by Rutgers University in the USA. She is faculty of numerous business schools and highly sought-after by leading corporates because she works hand-in-hand with them to create sustainable results and long-term success. In 2020, Sharon was inducted into the Educators Hall of Fame, which is a lifetime achievement award, recognising excellence and her contribution to the field.

Sharon is one of only three women in South Africa to hold the title of Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) – the Oscar of the speaking industry. She is also a COMENSA Master Practitioner (CMP), a qualified Modern Classroom Certified Trainer (MCCT™) and an accredited Global Virtual Speaker. Sharon is also a registered Education, Training and Development Practitioner (ETDP), holds an Honours degree in Psychology and practices as an NLP master practitioner.

Most important to Sharon is that she has become known for her genuinely caring manner, practical and transformational approach, and for providing valuable tools and that allow people to take Key Steps to really… ‘be the difference that makes the difference.’

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