“What do you want me to do?”

Seems a reasonable question doesn’t it?

A less than good manager will proceed to tell people what to do, and how to do it. It’s called micro-management.

A less than good manager feels good micro-managing because it makes them feel important. And through a misconception of what management is really about, they may even think that means they are doing their job well.

Instead, think about what you need to do as a manager to ensure that your people have what they need to figure out what to do, and the freedom to do it?

What do you need to do to pre-empt that question, so it does not need to be asked?

You see, a good manager hates that question “What do you want me to do?” because it means they have failed in some way as a manager.

Here is the cure for micro-management.

My best wishes, Paul


By Paul Matthews – Speaker/Author/Consultant on Informal Learning and Workforce Capability
Author of “Informal Learning at Work: How to Boost Performance in Tough Times
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