Micromanagement is one of the most widely condemned managerial sins, and one of the most common employee complaints. It contributes to low morale, high turnover, inefficiency, instability, and lack of continuity in an organization. Being perceived as a micromanager can also have significant negative ramifications on your career.
But Harry Chambers proves that micromanagement can be identified and resisted—both by those who (often unknowingly) inflict it and by those who are its victims.
Chambers details the defining traits of micromanagers, and provides a Micromanagement Potential Indicator (MPI) test to help you evaluate whether (and to what extent) you might be a micromanager. He provides real-world examples of micromanagement in action, analysis of the damage it does, and advice on what to do about it—whether you’re the victim or the perpetrator. He offers detailed, field-tested strategies that will eliminate the damage that over-controlling behavior causes and increase creativity, risk-taking, productivity, and initiative in any organization.
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About the Author
Harry E. Chambers is President of the Atlanta-based training and consulting company Trinity Solutions, Inc. His clients include the IBM, Verizon, the U. S. Postal Service, Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control, and Alcon Laboratories. He is the author of five previous books, including The Bad Attitude Survival Guide.
Table of Contents
PART I Micromanagement: Fact and Fiction
1 The Scope of Micromanagement
2 Team “Me”: Putting the I in Micro
3 The Influence of Time
4 The Immortalization of Frank Sinatra: “My Way”
5 Approval Requirements
6 Dysfunctional Monitoring and Reporting
PART II Dealing with the People Who Micromanage You: What to Do When You Are the MicromanagEE
7 The Response to Being Micromanaged
8 Effective Strategies for EEs: Dealing with the People Who Micromanage You
PART III Avoiding Becoming the MicromanagER: Symptoms of Micromanagement
9 Becoming a Micromanagement Buster: Neutralizing Your Own Micromanagement Behavior
10 Negotiating Operating Agreements
PART IV Managing a Micromanager: Changing the Behavior of Others
11 When You Manage a Micromanager: Directly Impacting the Behavior of Others
APPENDIX Micromanagement Survey
About the Author
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I applaud Harry Chambers on his newest book 'My Way or the Highway: The Micromanagement Survival Guide'. He continues to focus on relationships which effect us both in our professional and personal lives. I have added this new book to my resource library and suggest that those interested in sharpening their skills in dealing with difficult people do the same. Five stars to Mr. Chambers and thank you, once again, for your insight!
Everybody micro-manages and nobody gives you the steps to changing your behavior better than Harry Chambers. For years I have been glued to his new books and how to become better than the average manager. This book does it and I can see the results already.