BrainDeath by Micromanagement: The Zombie Function
Do you have a micromanager?
Or are you a micromanager? If you demonstrate any of these seemingly admirable qualities, there’s a big clue that you might be making zombies.
1) Do you pride yourself on being “on top of” the projects or your
direct reports? Do you have a solid grasp of the details of every
2) Do you believe that you could perform most of the tasks of your direct reports, and potentially do a better job?
3) Do you pride yourself on frequent communication with your
employees? Does that communication include asking them for detailed
status reports and updates?
3) Do you believe that being a manager means that you have more
knowledge and skills than your employees, and thus are better equipped
to make decisions?
4) Do you believe that you care about things (quality, deadlines, etc.) more than your employees?
Answering even a weak “yes” to any one of these might
mean you either are–or are in danger of becoming–a micromanager. And
once you go down that road, it’s tough to return. A quote from Dune
(can’t remember exactly) applies here, and goes something like:
“Be careful of every order you give. Once you give an order on a particular topic, you are responsible for always giving orders on that topic.”
What can you do if you have–or are–a micromanager?
Admit it, and deal with the two driving forces: concern for quality, and need for speed. Take the time it takes today.
Invest in the time and training to give your employees whatever they
need to make the decisions or complete the tasks you find yourself
needing (or wanting) to do. And if caring is the big concern,
well, you get what you create. If you treat employees like zombies,
then zombies is exactly what you’ll get. Sometimes all it takes is
giving people a chance to develop more skill and knowledge, the space
to use their brains, and a worthwhile challenge.
Creating Passionate Users has a groovy self test that will help tell if your a power hunger control freak of a micromanager…