Friday, November 1, 2013

Micromanagement (Part One)

What it is, what it isn’t and what to do about it
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Micromanagement is the latest dirty word of the workplace and the subject of many management articles. Not a new phenomenon, it was referenced by Theodore Roosevelt when he said, “The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.”

The elevated attention and sensitivity to micromanagement, however, has infused the term with weapon-like power when wielded by an underperforming employee, hurled at the supervisor who dares to hold them accountable to quality or timely work.