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Rethink micromanagement

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Q I’m a micromanager and proud of it! I keep a close eye on what everyone’s doing and I inspect the tiniest details of my employees’ work. I think that’s why I’ve risen to director. But I’m being pressured to lighten up and change my style. Why should I stop doing what’s worked?

A Those few micromanagers who climb to the top must bring offsetting strengths to counter their annoying habit of maintaining tight control of day-to-day matters. The size of your organization plays a role: If you work at a huge company, you’ll need to stifle the micromanagement to crack the inner circle. But if you’re part of a small, entrepreneurial firm, your micromanagement may actually pay off if you don’t have others to delegate to.

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