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Are You a Micromanager?

Thursday, June 04, 2015   By Mike Reddy


As an entrepreneur, you were probably micromanaged at some point in your career and finally made the decision to be your own boss to escape the micromanager.

The question then arises, as an entrepreneur have you become a micromanager (possibly worse than the one you escaped)?

In my business coaching engagements I often notice most small business entrepreneurs don’t even realise it has happened to them.

Here are my business coach’s top signs that you have become a micromanager:

  • You assign task only to take them back.

  • You assign only the most boring or most simple tasks to your employees.

  • You are always the lead on any project.

  • You are constantly frustrated because your employees don’t perform as well as you.

  • You relentlessly correct your staff’s work, reports, presentations, etc. or return it to them multiple times for correction.

  • You never allow your employees to work unsupervised, but always give detailed direction leaving your team no room for creativity, initiative or even a simple suggestion.

  • You are overwhelmed and always behind.

  • You spend all your time on projects also labeled you never encourage or coach your team.

  • You to all the talking in staff meetings.

  • Your employees avoid you or even worse, you are regularly loosing employees.

Did you recognise yourself in these statements? If so it’s not too late to change!

As an entrepreneur, your business is your passion and it should be – but in order to succeed in the long-term, you need to manage well and break the micromanagement cycle.

Step 1:  If you don’t think your employees are up to the task, it’s time to hire some who are…but remember until you give them the chance to succeed you won’t know for sure.

Step 2:  Delegate. Delegate. Delegate. Give general direction, answer questions and explain the desired result at the beginning. Implement accountability but resist the urge to force them to do it your way, but instead encourage and coach them along the way to the desired outcome.

Step 3:  Ask the right questions. Be an active listener. By communicating and collaborating with your staff, you will find your business growing as you manage well.

Mike Reddy is a Chartered Accountant, business coach and advisor helping businesses in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Gold Coast to easily increase their profits and cash flow. He is currently President of the North Sydney Chamber of Commerce, a Regional Councillor for Sydney North East and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Sydney leadership team. As well as advising businesses, Mike presents business development seminars and webinars and is regularly contacted by the media to comment on small business matters. You can connect with him on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.