No one likes being micromanaged. And few people even like to be a micromanager. The whole thing seems like a waste of time.
But the crime of micromanagement is about more than just inefficiency. It’s about an inability to make your own decisions, a loss of empowerment, a distrust between micromanager and micromanagee. Wasted knowledge and expertise, underutilized processing power, and an accountability vortex.
The better way is called macromanagement. In five easy steps:
- Hire the right people.
- Talk to them about the goals and strategic direction.
- Pay attention to the result.
- Talk to them about course corrections.
- But otherwise stay out of the way.
Well, steps one through four are easy. That last one is the hardest.