If your boss micromanages and drives you crazy, forge a stronger relationship by following these tips:
Take an honest look at yourself in the mirror. Drop any defensiveness, and examine your performance. Could a past incident still cloud your boss’s view? Have you given him or her any reason to hover?
Ask about preferences. Does your boss like to receive information by e-mail, on paper, in person or on a chart? Would your boss prefer you to interrupt him or her during the day with updates, or would he or she prefer a “brain dump” twice a day? Once you know, get ahead of the game by delivering what your boss wants before he or she asks. Overcommunicate rather than withdraw.
Be the first to offer a timeline for when you can do a task (not when you can’t). Micromanagers love to impose and even distort deadlines, so be pre-emptive in suggesting a solution.
Practice the “art” of communication, says Harry E. Chambers, author of My Way or the Highway— the Micromanagement Survival Guide. “Show that you’re in motion on priority projects by communicating in three specific terms: awareness, reassurance and timelines.”
Follow others’ “best practices.” The micromanager backs off with some people more than others, says Chambers. “Watch those individuals closely to learn the secrets of their success.” And keep an open attitude.
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