Micromanagement has always appeared synonymous with decreased productivity. It has also been considered a four-letter word when it is applied to “effective management.” I’m here to set the record straight. Micromanagement is a GOOD thing. Yes, I said a good thing. Are you shocked? Well you should be! It seems all the journals, advertisements, and speeches say that micromanagement is a BAD thing. We have been overwhelmingly taught that this practice will shut down assembly lines, stifle staff and management, and result in a loss of performance. This is not true, so let’s put micromanagement into its proper perspective. When I am finished you might just start using the phrase and the practice more often, and tell everyone else why it is a GOOD thing.
Imagine you are hiking through a wooded area and come upon a clear blue lake. As you approach a stream near the lake to fill your canteen, you stop. You see a mountain lion approaching. You have seen the lion but he has not seen you. In fact, he appears fixed on something else. Ahead you see what he has spotted; a duck drinking at the stream. The lion inches forward only to cause a cracking noise and he stops again. The duck turns slightly. You know he has seen the lion but he freezes. You can only imagine what the duck is thinking so you continue to remain still to see and not be seen by the lion. The duck begins to slowly move away from the stream, knowing he can’t outrun the lion.