How to Stop Micromanaging your Team

How to Stop Micromanaging your Team (downloadable pdf) by Rebecca Knight, Harvard Business Review. Tips for the micromanager to change your own behavior.


Principles to Remember


  • Ask yourself why you micromanage and reflect on your need for control
  • Refine your to do list by prioritizing the tasks and projects that matter most to you
  • Talk to your team about how you’d like to be kept apprised of their progress


  • Renege on your vote of confidence—tell your reports you trust them and let them do their jobs
  • Overact when things don’t go exactly as you’d like them to—take a breath and figure out a way to correct the situation if it’s truly necessary
  • Go too far—you don’t want to become a hands-off boss

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