Trying to Avoid Micromanaging?

Leadership Tip: Picture of a lion pointing it’s thumb down with the words “MicroMANAGING” and a red “x”. And a picture of a lion pointing it’s thumb up with the words “MicroDEVELOPING micro supporting micro celebrating micro guiding micro coaching” and a green checkmark

Choose MicroDEVELOPING instead

Like many well-intentioned leaders, he avoided micromanaging.
And struggled to support his direct reports to succeed.

He was avoiding the wrong part of the word.

Learning, growth, and development benefit from support.
Regular, frequent support.

To help set goals.
To help identify barriers.
To help identify needs.
To help us hold ourselves accountable.

In our attempt to avoid micromanaging, we often choose “dump and run.” And then wonder why we aren’t getting the results we’re looking for.

His direct report needed more.

And so, he chose instead to “microdevelop.”

Frequent, regular check-ins. Approached with empathy and understanding.
Micro supporting. Micro celebrating. Micro guiding. Micro coaching. Micro learning.
Micro results. Daily. Weekly. Monthly. Until success is achieved.

He needed to stop managing. And start leading.