Stop Being Micromanaged

Stop Being Micromanaged  (downloadable pdf) by Amy Gallo, Harvard Business Review: Includes practical tactics for the micromanag-ed to address and/or cope with the behavior, as well as case studies.


Principles to Remember


  • Do everything you can to gain the micromanager’s trust
  • Know what motivates and worries your boss and try to assuage her concerns
  • Provide regular and detailed updates so your boss is apprised of your progress


  • Label anyone who exercises a degree of control as a micromanager
  • Defy the micromanager — that often triggers the behavior you are trying to avoid
  • Try to tell a boss that he is overly controlling unless you know he may be open to hearing it

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