Management Tip of the Day: Stop being micromanaged

Tue Nov 22, 2011 9:08am EST
 
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BOSTON (Reuters) - No one likes a boss who excessively scrutinizes work and constantly checks in, but if you have a controlling boss you don't have to suffer, says Harvard Business Review.

The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and HBR.org (http:\\www.hbr.org). Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

"Having a boss who scrutinizes your work or tells you precisely how to do things is frustrating. If you have an overly controlling manager, try these three things:

1. Don't fight it. Don't rail against the behavior. That will only cause your manager to distrust you and get more involved.

2. Understand the cause. Is your boss under immense pressure? Does he not have the right skills for the job? Know what worries your boss and try to assuage his concerns.

3. Keep your boss in the loop. Micromanagers are often motivated by anxiety. Proactively keep your manager informed of your progress. Schedule regular check-ins or send unprompted emails that help her feel part of the process."

- Today's management tip was adapted from "Stop Being Micromanaged" by Amy Gallo.

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