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  • Writer's pictureYvonne Root

Avoiding Micromanagement

Updated: Jul 20, 2022

In our last article, Delegation in the Construction Office, the topic centered on delegating well. In this article, we dig deeper into making delegation successful by avoiding the trap of micromanagement.

With apologies to Jeff Foxworthy, we present:

You Might be a Micromanager if You . . .

Think no one else can do it as well as you do.

Notice employee morale sinking further and further.

Are willing to delegate tasks but not the authority, or responsibility.

Still want to make crucial decisions involved in accomplishing the delegated task.

Have a stress level that’s over the top.

Find yourself frequently (or always) exhausted.

One more item for the list:

You might be a micromanager if you believe it’s people or circumstances that are causing you trouble or holding you back. (If every room you walk into smells like horse poop, it is time to check your own boots.)

How to Stop Being a Micromanager

  • Delegate – truly delegate, then get out of the way.

  • Establish clear communication channels.

  • Make sure those to whom you delegate have a clear understanding of the parameters involved – set clear expectations.

  • Don’t expect perfection – Reward action, creativity, and a dedicated mindset.

  • Accept that there will be mishaps and look at them as opportunities for learning and growth.

  • Trust and appreciate the people you’ve delegated to.

See What Others Say about Micromanagement

The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it. – Theodore Roosevelt

Micromanagement is the destroyer of momentum. – Miles Anthony Smith

“It doesn’t make sense to hire smart people and then tell them what to do; We hire smart people so they can tell us what to do.” — Steve Jobs

Micromanagement is the motivational equivalent of buying on credit. Enjoy a better product now, but pay a hefty price for it later. – Ron Friedman PhD

Invariably, micromanaging results in four problems: deceit, disloyalty, conflict, and communication problems. – John Rosemond

Micromanage the process, not the people. – Joe Apfelbaum

A boss who micromanages is like a coach who wants to get in the game. Leaders guide and support and then sit back to cheer from the sidelines. – Simon Sinek

See the Humor!

Knock Knock

Who's there?

Micromanager. Now, you say 'micromanager who?'

The Final Word

When you get down to it, you realize that meaningful delegation should be about empowerment, confidence, and motivation. Making your team feel good when you give them more work is an accomplishment worth pursuing. Micromanagement will not reach that goal.

What’s next?

In the next article, Alternative Construction Office Delegation, the conversation continues concerning what not to delegate, delegating to service providers, and delegating through software or apps.

Reflection: How can you become a better delegator? What parts of your construction business do you need to stop micromanaging?

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