Management Tip of the Day: Manage without micromanaging

Tue May 24, 2011 8:25am EDT
 
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BOSTON (Reuters Life!) - A perpetual loop of Prep-Do-Review is the fundamental cycle of activities by which effective bosses manage, but managers typically do not need to micromanage the middle, "do" stage, says Harvard Business Review.

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"Both new and experienced managers can struggle with how be involved in their employees' work without micromanaging. You want to be hands-on and provide support, but still give them autonomy to make decisions.

There are two stages where it makes sense to engage more deeply: preparation and review.

When the employee is laying out the plans for her work, your role is to ask crucial questions: Who should be involved? How does this fit into your goals? These conversations will assure you the employee is prepared and ready to act on her own.

When the project is complete, do a post-action review. Reflect on what worked, what didn't, and what the employee learned. There's no need to get involved in between unless the employee is a novice or problems arise."

-Today's management tip was adapted from "How to Get Involved Without Micromanaging People" by Linda Hill & Kent Lineback.

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