leaders recognize the distinction between managing people and micromanaging
them. Are you looking to lead your staff by example rather than by getting in
the weeds, and doing their work for them? Take a page from the authors of Being the Boss: Three Imperatives for Great Leaders and practice the
technique they dub Prep-Do-Review.
Prep: First, preview people's plans by asking questions.
Delve deeply: ask about steps, strategies, anticipated challenges, how setbacks
will be handled, etc. Thoroughly cover all angles, which will allow you to
coach necessary changes and supply useful guidance.
Do: Based on
information gleaned during the prep stage, managers can determine how deeply
they need to be involved. With a new employee, you may wish to do the job
yourself, allowing the novice to observe and learn. With more senior staff, you
may only need to dip in on certain elements. Eventually, as employees become
more seasoned, you can step back and only be involved in the prep/review
Review: Assessing what worked, and what didn't, is a critical
last step. Too often people do a post mortem only after a failure. Learning why
something succeeded is just as crucial in future work. Conduct either
one-on-ones or periodic group meetings for these reviews. Then, model what you
learned going forward.
more in-depth examination of the Prep-Do-Review strategy, read the authors'
article in the Harvard Business Review: How
to Get Involved Without Micromanaging People.
you a manager or a micromanager? How do you guide your staff without falling
into the trap of doing their work for them? Share your thoughts here and on the
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by Bradley Eggers
70vIqd Thanks-a-mundo for the article post.Much thanks again. Will read on...
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