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The Curse of Micromanagement

Micromanagement is a curse, and it's a lose-lose proposition for everyone involved. Successful leaders know that they are paid to motivate and inspire employees to do good work, but managers and leaders who try to do the work themselves are doing it the hard way. If you are micromanaging your team, stop it -- now!

A friend of ours who conducts leadership training seminars and does supervisor training for large Fortune 50 companies recently told us that micromanaging is the biggest mistake new leaders, managers and supervisors make. It's one of the most common management mistakes around, even in small businesses.

Sooner or later, every small business owner falls prey to the dreaded accusation of micromanagement. The accuser usually comes in the form of an employee who feels that he or she has been undermined, underrated, or just plain underappreciated. From your standpoint, you've done nothing wrong. After all, it is your business and at the end of the day you are the one who is responsible for its success or failure. So what's the big deal? The big deal is that although it is your business, you need a team to make it work.

If your team is going to succeed, you need to learn how to work together - as a team. To do that, every member of the team needs to understand their role and know they are making a valuable contribution to the team's goals. Micromanagement undercuts the whole team concept because it tells employees that their contributions are insignificant. Even worse, it leaves them with the impression that you don't trust them to do the job you hired them to do, and without trust you're going to have a hard time achieving success.

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