I often blog about the perils of micro-managing, most recently Perfectionists are micro-managers (and lousy leaders) and Here’s what micro-managers shouldn’t do. Today, I thought I’d offer up another proven idea to avoid the trap of micro-managing – participate, at least to some degree, in the training of your employees. Think about it, the necessity to micro-manage is rooted in the need for control. And control, not necessarily in a negative way, is because you want to make sure that things are done right and to the standards that you and others expect. So if you involve yourself, at least partially, in training your employees, then you can be confident, first-hand, that they know what needs to be done. This knowledge will allow you to trust that your staff are ready to take charge of things on their own.
Now let’s be clear here, the outcome of “training” is not that your employee will do things EXACTLY the way you do it! Yes, I am well aware that you like to format your spreadsheet using font size 12 and prefer your totals to show currency signs. But these details do not affect the outcome of the deliverable you are expecting from your employee. Continue reading