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December 24, 2018

How to deal with micromanagers


If you're someone who does their job well, nothing is more irritating to you than a micromanager. That's a person who is always looking over your shoulder, telling you every detail of what you should, and shouldn't be doing, and is just generally an anxious and nervous person, afraid that everything is going to go wrong if they aren't watching every instant. And no, there's no cure for working for a micromanager, because no matter how perfect you are at your job, they're going to be constantly worrying. But dealing with them is something that's worth trying.

Yes, I've had some wonderful managers, who have recognized how good I am, and have cut me loose to do my job. I call them "M" managers, like the way that 007 was treated by his boss, M. She would tell him what to do, and then stand back. She would also defend him if someone else started getting anxious. I just love those kinds of managers, and for them I would do my very best!

The micromanagers, however, want to know what's going on every second, and give advice even if they had no idea what they were talking about. For them, they get visits from me. I try not to wait until they come to me, I would come to them. These people would see me standing at the door to their office every chance I would get, with a report of some tiny details that really should have been of no interest to a manager. And of course since they had to stop working at what they were doing, they eventually learned to wave me away. At least most of them did. And that's what I wanted, to just do my job. Of course I got a lot of practice of just standing there talking.

Of course if they came to me, they would get my full attention. That is, I'd stop working on what I was supposed to be doing, and stand there and talk to them. Often I would get a notepad to write down what they wanted me to do. Of course the longer I stood there listening to them, and writing stuff down that I should have been doing at the time, the more these micromanagers came to learn that this was just a huge waste of time, for them, and for me. But like I say, some people never learn, and for those people I just had to go work for someone else.

Micromanagers were the kind of people who would buy a dog and bark themselves. And if it made perfect sense to them, they didn't need any help. They were on their own!

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