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  • Hannah Beck

    February 17, 2023 at 4:05 pm
    Level 01

    This is such a great question. As someone who is a bit of a control freak, it wasn’t easy for me to relinquish control while managing a student bookstore. I know for me personally, I had less issues with micromanaging when I was confident that the students were fully and sufficiently trained. When it comes down to it, I think that there’s a direct correlation between the amount of trust and the amount of micromanaging. If I trusted those that I managed, I didn’t feel the need to watch and critique their every move. This is where I emphasize team bonding – a cohesive team and healthy work environment is the first place to start!

    I’d love @Michelle‘s opinion on this once she returns from her (much deserved) vacation! 🫶🏻

  • Michelle Harris

    February 23, 2023 at 6:49 pm
    Level 04

    Hi Amber! This is an interesting topic – I’ve been seeing this come up a lot lately. In fact, we’re working on an article about this topic now! Figuring out how to stop micromanaging depends on what’s driving you to micromanage. There are a whole list of reasons why you might be micromanaging – most are based on trust (to Hannah’s point above): (1) you just don’t trust your team, (2) someone on your team did something that negatively impacted your reputation at some point, (3) you believe it will be done faster if you’re involved, (4) you think the work won’t get done if you don’t prod everyone along, (5) there’s too much at stake and time constraints don’t allow for mistakes or (6) you want to show everyone that you’re needed. If you think about what’s causing you to micromanage – do any of these apply to your situation? Once you identify the “why” we can help guide you to the solutions for getting past micromanaging. 😀

    @Amber @hannahbeck

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