Do you work for a Micromanager? Are you a Micromanager? If the answer to either of those questions is “yes” (or even “maybe”), it is worth your time to check out My Way or the Highway by Harry Chambers.
So what do you do? Well, I had hoped the answer was that there were ways to help them see how unproductive their behaviors are and help them change them. Chambers makes a good case that they are not likely to change. My experience agrees with that. The deep seated arrogance and fear that drives a micromanger would take a miracle to change. The bottom line to coping with a micromanger is: give them what they want. Oh, I hate that! But . . . it’s true and it works. What they want is to know what you are doing and when you are going to finish what you are working on. So, give it to them before they ask.
Pros? It’s fun to read what seems like quotes from your own manager. I laughed out loud again and again. It appears to be based on research and not just one person’s opinion. Also, there are several questionaires that help you understand a micormanagers behaviors and strategize your respones.
Cons? At times Chambers went too long about the theory behind his recommendations. However he balances this out with lots of great examples.
Worth the read? If you are being micromanaged: absolutely. If you are a micromanger: you won’t read it because you see no need to change.
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