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Walking the Tightrope: Any other reason to hiring managers if not to handle the micro problems?

Posted on: November 17, 2018

Walking the Tightrope: Any other reason to hiring managers if not to handling the micro problems?

Most people I’ve asked say they’ve worked for a micro-manager. Their frustration shows when they talk about the person who drained joy from their career and under-utilized their skills.

By Dan Rockwell?

You’re a micro-manager if you:

  1. Over-estimate your skills and under-estimate the skills of the team.
  2. Feel misunderstood and unappreciated.
  3. Hear too many questions.
  4. See yourself as a doer rather than an enabler.
  5. Give incremental permission.
  6. Pride yourself in being on top of everything.
  7. Check work email on weekends, evenings, and during vacation.
  8. Criticize too much and affirm too little.
  9. Need too much information yet give too little.
  10. View staff development as wasted time.
  11. Punish mistakes rather than learning from them.
  12. Hoard power and authority.
  13. View others as adversaries to be controlled.
  14. Take credit.
  15. Blame.
  16. Prevent initiative.
  17. Work longer hours than anyone else.
  18. Frustrate your team.
  19. Emphasize authority.
  20. Minimize relationship.

See insights from Facebook contributors: Leadership Freak Coffee Shop.

What impact do micro-managers have on individuals, teams, and/or organizations?

Walking the Leadership Tightrope

I’m so committed to pressing into the future that it’s hard to enjoy the present. You can’t lead if you aren’t dissatisfied. How are you navigating the leadership tightrope between what is and what could be?

Leadership tightropes include:

  1. Passion to improve and discouragement at progress.
  2. Pressing into the future and rejection of the present.
  3. Wanting things to be better and constant dissatisfaction.
  4. Satisfaction with the present and fear of apathy or lethargy.

Successful leaders learn to live with dissatisfaction in positive ways.

If you can’t be positive in the face of falling short, you’ll discourage your team. Optimism has meaning during improvement, challenge, adversity, and distress.

Being dissatisfied in positive ways:

  1. Compare the present with the past when thinking about progress.
  2. Compare the present with the future when tapping into aspirations.
  3. Use the negative present as a tool to create dissatisfaction. “This can’t continue.”
  4. Focus on the talents and abilities of the team to instill hope.
  5. Tell stories of achievement that inspire optimism.
  6. Take time to celebrate imperfect progress.

Pessimism says, “We’re terrible.” Optimism says, “We can be better.”

How are you walking the tightrope that aspiration to be better can create?

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