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Treating your employees as if they are back in grade school with a teacher hovering over their shoulder is not a good form of management. It creates tense and stressful situations and doesn’t allow for your employees to grow and become smart decision makers. After all, if they never make a mistake how do they learn?
Keep the “Micro” in Wave and Out of Management
Microwaves get things done quickly, micromanaging slows everything down. If you micromanage, employees know that this is one of the worst habits for a leader, entrepreneur, or business executive. According to an article by the Harvard Business Review, Muriel Maignan Wilkins, co-author of “Own the Room” and managing partner of Paravis Partners, an executive coaching and leadership development firm states that, “Micromanaging dents your team’s morale by establishing a tone of mistrust—and it limits your team’s capacity to grow.”
No Trust, High Turnover
According to MindTools.com and Avoiding Micromanagement, “Micro-managers take perfectly positive attributes: attention to detail and a hands-on attitude, to the extreme. Either because they’re control-obsessed, or because they feel driven to push everyone around them to success, micro-managers risk disempowering their colleagues. They ruin their colleagues’ confidence, hurt their performance, and frustrate them to the point where they quit.”
Signs that you might be micromanaging your employees:
- You don’t delegate.
- You find yourself with limited time due to doing everyone else’s job.
- No one has a good idea, only you.
- You have a high turnover.
In my book Homeless to Billionaire, I talk about when I formed my first business and that I had to control everything. Eventually, that business failed. I learned from that experience. Today I run over 20 companies that I can manage via email and phone calls. I know what is happening in all my organizations all the time, regardless of where I am, and that is because I hire people I trust and let them do their job. Every team, every department, and every business I own works together.
Eliminating Micromanaging Builds Trust Between Me and My Team
It takes a lifetime of dedication and discipline to keep a business thriving and it’s better with a dedicated team. It is easy to manage from afar when you trust your team, and they can do their jobs without you looking over their shoulders.
About Andres Pira– philanthropist, real estate tycoon, author, speaker, and global citizen. Andres Pira enjoys living in Thailand where his journey began from Homeless to Billionaire.
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