Project Management

Overcoming Micromanagement

26 Lessons Intermediate

About this course

We have all experienced micromanagement and wish we hadn’t.  And, whether we know it or not, like it or not, we’ve probably done it to someone else.  If we don’t like it, and generally don’t find it helpful, why is it so prevalent? In this Master Class you will learn the causes of micromanagement and more importantly, the solutions to this problem - which is more than just a bad habit, but a highly ineffective approach to leading and managing.

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Course Index

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Introduction 1 Lesson

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Foundational Thinking About Micromanagement 4 Lessons

A Definition of Micromanagement

A common definition is a good place to start

Situational Leadership

Our approach to leading depends on several factors

Direction, Not Micromanagement

Finding a balance between help and direction

Who Decides?

Who really decides if you are micromanaging?
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Why We Must Stop 4 Lessons

Micromanagement Stifles Development

When we micromanage, our team members can’t grow

Micromanagement Reduces Commitment

If you want your team members to own their work, you can’t micromanage

Micromanagement Erodes Trust

Want greater trust with others? Stop micromanaging them.

Micromanagement Puts Our Focus in the Wrong Place

As long as we are micromanaging, we are ignoring other (important) work on our plate.
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Causes of Micromanagement 4 Lessons


You micromanage because you feel pressure.


You micromanage because of habit.


You micromanage because the work is in your comfort zone.


You micromanage because you want it done right.
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Solutions to Micromanagement 6 Lessons

Think Investment

The mindset you need to overcome micromanagement.

Set Expectations

Clearer expectations can reduce your need to micromanage.

Share the Big Picture

When people know the context of the task, they will be more effective.

Let Go Of Your Solution

Is your way the only way?

Let Them Do It

Ultimately, you must choose to let go and them do it.

The Long-Distance Difference

What you must do differently if your team isn’t with you everyday.
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Summary 1 Lesson

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BONUS - More Thoughts on Overcoming Micromanagement 6 Lessons

Overcoming the Tendency to Micromanage

Few call themselves micromanagers, and even fewer want to do it; yet they often don’t realize when they are doing it.

Monitoring Success Without Micromanaging

Micromanaging is like a bad flu – no one wants it, no one tries to spread it, but we have all been infected with it.

How to Stop Micromanaging

If we want to stop micromanaging, we must first realize that we probably do it.

Why We Micromanage (Even if We Don’t Want to)

If it isn’t effective and we don’t like it done to us, why do we micromanage?

Resisting Micromanagement

If we want to be a more effective leader, we must fight the urge and habit, and begin resisting micromanagement.

The Big Truth About Micromanagement

Let me tell you the big truth about micromanagement that you might not know. You ready? Here it is.