When you micromanage your team, you are creating an environment of mistrust. If you want to grow your business, you need to stop micromanaging and start nurturing a working environment based on trust and a shared vision.
Micromanaging is based on mistrust; managing is based on trust.
Acknowledging that you are a micromanager is the first step
Being a micromanager is a little like being an addict. You have a million great excuses for why you need to micromanage your team, but what it all boils down to is that you are telling your employees that you don’t trust them to do their job. This leads to a toxic work environment, poor performance, and diminished production. First, you have to realize that you are the problem, not your employees.
Creating a trusting work environment
If you are feeling anxious about stepping back and putting your faith in your team's abilities to produce independently, thinking that your employees are never going to do the job the way you want it done if you don’t oversee every step, then we have two things to tell you:
If you communicate your vision, goals, and expectations clearly, then there is no reason for you to stick around and micromanage.
Just because an employee isn’t doing their job exactly they way you would, doesn’t mean it is the wrong way to do it.
As long as deadlines and production quotas are being met, the way to the final product should not matter. We all have different styles, we all have a process for getting the best results, and you shouldn’t try to turn your employees into little clones. You want to have different personalities, different styles, and different thinkers. If everyone did it the same way all the time, how are you going to grow, create, and innovate? Give your employees some breathing room to show you what they are capable of; back off and stop micromanaging.
A great manager manages from a place of trust.
Trust between boss and employee is a two-way street
If, after you have stepped back, your team is still under-performing or not meeting deadlines, it’s time to look at your team. If you have to micromanage due to consistent poor performance, then you should think about replacing your team with a team who can work independently, without constant supervision.
How to be a great boss and increase production
At Affordable American Insurance (AAI), we understand how hard it is to start your own business and be the boss. We understand the tendency to micromanage. We have helped independent insurance agents and entrepreneurs successfully start their Independent insurance agencies in Colorado, Arizona, and Utah. By joining AAI, you will get the tools, technology, and training to help you start your business, grow your business, and be a great boss.