Are you a Micromanager?

You took a good idea and created a solid business. Eventually your business grew enough that you could afford to hire knowledgeable people you trust for key positions to help you succeed. Yet you find yourself hovering and your employees are noticing too.  You give assignments, but end up rushing in to do it yourself.  You trust them – but this is YOUR baby!

Micromanagers have plenty of positive attributes, including the ability to notice details others miss and the desire to handle their own business. But for a variety of reasons these fine characteristics are taken to an extreme, where micromanagers risk losing good employees or isolating themselves from colleagues.

The Signs


  • Do you find it difficult to delegate tasks to others?
  • Or take work back after finding a mistake?
  • Do you discourage independent decision making?
  • Do you immerse yourself in others’ projects?
  • Do you lose sight of the big picture due to a focus on tiny details?


Unseen Problems

You are frustrated with your employees and they are frustrated with you.  You are looking for mistakes everywhere you go and you find them.  Your employees are not being creative; they do not take initiative to improve their job or the company.  You feel like a babysitter who is paying your charges to be watched. The environment is uncomfortable, deadlines are missed, resentment builds, and communication seems impossible. Something needs to change!  Can this crew be saved or is it time to find new hires?

Empower Your People 

consultingA truly effective manager sets up others to succeed. Micromanagers prevent employees from making their own decisions, which also inhibits them from taking responsibility for success or failures. Without employees having access to make decisions, and live with the consequences, they are unable to improve their positions or truly contribute to the organization.

Good managers empower their employees to do well by giving them opportunities to excel; bad managers hoard opportunities for themselves. Micromanaged employees require a lot of time and energy from their supervisors; this makes everyone less efficient.  Didn’t you hire these capable people so you wouldn’t be burdened with the minute details of the daily grind?  Are you ready to create a more effective team environment in your business?

Lead the Team: A Few Tips

  • Share your plans clearly and effectively delegate; review and alter as needed.
  • Listen to your team and ask questions.
  • Start the conversation and keep it going.
  • Lead the discussion but do not monopolize it; everyone has insight to offer.
  • Do not ask an employee to do anything for your company that you are not willing to do for the company yourself; ask for volunteers.
  • Encourage.  Apologize.  Reward.
  • Be a team; hold each other accountable and have FUN!

If you want to empower the people you hire to perform the way you need them to, improve your management style and give your employees the opportunity to change with you.  Not sure where to get started?  Need help with accountability, developing efficient processes, creating attainable goals, or improving your time management?

Contact Quality Accounting Solutions to discuss your business needs.  We can help you improve your company through our business coaching services.

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