Are you working for someone where every task you complete is put under a microscope?
Do you have to copy your boss on every email?
Is there a need to know for them to know where you are at all times?
And my all-time favorite – does your boss take great pride in correcting and changing your work?
If this sounds familiar, you’re working for a micromanager.
Micromanagers create a unique set of challenges for their team. Workers often feel suffocated, demoralized, and unproductive. And since this control freak is second-guessing everything each team member does, those people start to listen to the wrong voice. I am talking about the voice that strips their confidence until they start feeling naked in a room full of people.
In today’s episode, I share insight into what’s really going on and 4 tips on how to cope with the micromanager to keep you sane.
I review some common traits all micromanagers share – like an outsize need for control and what makes them erupt in anger.
Did you know that most micromanagers don’t even realize how offensive their management style is?!
Changing their behavior isn’t realistic. But you can change your response to their behavior by:
(1) Not Pushing Back
See why pushing back will only intensify the micromanager’s need to dominate.
(2) Building Trust
Gain insight into their behavior, so you can work around pressure points and marginalize stressful situations.
(3) Discussing a Plan of Action
When you review your plan of action, it is a 2-for-the-price-of-1 opportunity. You provide insight on your approach, keeping the micromanager in the loop, while at the same time
allowing he or she to provide input.
(4) Update Frequently
See how checking-in often and providing the level of detail a
micromanager needs decreases their nervous energy and avoids the need from redoing something later on.
Like all the challenges we face, we have to see the opportunity. Practice your skills at handling truly difficult people. In doing so, you’ll know how to respond in really
tough situations and be viewed as an influential resource.
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