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Monday, September 29, 2008

how to deal with a micromanager

If you, like many people, feel your boss is a micromanager, head over to my post at U.S. News and World Report today for some advice. (Warning: You may not like the answer.) As always, I'd love your comments, either here or there.


Anonymous said...

What about the reverse: bosses who don't give enough feedback for you to know if you're doing the right thing?

Anonymous said...

Hi. I am a manager of a sizeable department of 10+ staff, I was brought onboard primarily to free up my bosses time and line manage the team as a specialist. My boss is not a specialist in my field (and the field of my team).

Soon after joining the company I noticed my boss would ask to run ecscalations & strategic decisions by him first, deliver a weekly report, hold a fortnightly status meeting, chair a monthly department meeting - to which are all fair and reasonable requests.

Not long afterwards, my boss soon asked me to "run all decisions by him first", then any discussions I had planned with other departments/managers, then he added himself into my staffs email distribution lists (they've noticed and no longer use them for communication). If Im seen having a conversation with a manager from another department Im asked what the conversation was about.

Im in an awkward position now where my boss has told me he feels "left out of the loop" and would now like to sit in on the informal meeting I hold with my senior staff on a regular basis. In addition to that, he would now also like to set up a new weekly meeting with my staff to discuss progress....the progress that is usually documented in the weekly reports. The list grows, and so do the number of status meetings, get the picture!

It is starting to erode my self-confidence, I am left feeling unable to make decisions involving my staff without having to defer and refer trivia to my boss. I have 10 years experience in my field, these events result in me questioning my own judgement, my abilities and skills.

Im unsure how to approach my boss to discuss this (it will be my 2nd attempt!) and I would be grateful for any advise and guidance you have to resolve this. Thanks!