In my early stages as Director of Operations in Asia, I have been so crazy with "details" in the Club that my own team was getting nuts and stress all the time. I had the idea that people must be always under pressure in order to deliver a good work. I also have been obsess to control everything and afraid to delegate responsibilities.
Is this sound familiar to you? Well, if you recognized that you have been acting like this, then you will recognize the difficulties to lead a group of people in today's world, but is never too late to learn a couple of new things.
Indeed, My team delivered a lot of hard work under pressure, but maybe that pressure didn't encourage them to perform at their best.
I didn't delegate responsibilities to my team, and my luck of trust on them, made the club move very slow, because everybody was waiting for my final decision, sometimes I had to make rash decisions because people was waiting for me, but We all know that rash decisions can cost you a lot of money in the long run.
I was lucky to travel and work in different operations with different type of people, Japan, Philippines, Macau, Singapore, and realized that "Micromanagement" works at certain stage but if you want your club and your business to grow, You have continually unlearning old 'management rules' and relearning new ones.
I just read this article and summarize what I think about Micromanagement.
The Signs of Micromanagement: Here are 10 clear signs of micromanagement.
Are you a micro-manager? Do you know one?
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Micro-managers are bad news for business and bad news for employees. They dis-empower staff, stifle opportunity and innovation, and give rise to poor performance.
Micromanagement is just plain bad management.
If you believe your team can’t be trusted and can’t do a proper job it won’t be long before they believe you! Micromanagement is a sure way to ensure your team won’t reach its full potential.
I still believe that Micromanagement at certain point works, supervision and constant evaluation is critical important, but society and people expectations have changed in our industry as well. My suggestion is: Do not obsess too much with things You cannot control and concentrate all your effort in things You actually can. Motivation is very difficult to achieve, and the best way to start is letting your team to work and do mistakes.
What is the best way for you to overcome Micromanagement?