If you have not met your micro-manager yet, you have been lucky...so far. However, your luck may not hold out. The key to working well with micro-managers is knowing how to manage them. Use these 6 strategies to keep your level of frustration to a minimum.
- Recognize that it's not you. Managers micro-manage due to their lack of trust or confidence. Don't take it personally. It's really not about you.
- Meet or beat your deadlines. Consistently meeting or beating deadlines shows that you can make a commitment and keep it. This gains trust.
- Take on a small part of a large project, and do excellent work. Submitting quality work will gain your manager's trust.
- Check, double-check and triple-check your work. You can do the check and double-check. For the triple-check, ask a trusted co-worker, and offer to do the same for him/her.
- Provide frequent and detailed updates. Micro-managers need to have their finger on the pulse of what is going on. Shower them with updates before they have an opportunity to ask.
- Anticipate their questions. Micro-managers want to make sure all bases are covered. They will have lots of questions. You need to have lots of answers. Your ability and willingness to answer their questions will earn their trust and build their confidence in you.
Remember, the key to managing a micro-manager effectively begins with gaining their trust. While it may require some effort in the beginning, your upfront investment will pay off.