Friday, March 6, 2009

Micro-Managers Are Micro-Managers

I don’t mean to be political, as they often seems to set off half the people I know, but recent events and actions of the federal government remind me of the micro-managers we have all worked with in the office.

The federal government is organizing plans and setting policies to fix the following: the Banking System, Wall Street, the Auto Industry, Health Care, the Energy Industry, and the Economy. And this is just a partial list.

It seems frequently, we read in the paper of another change to a plan or a new plan to fix something else. Meanwhile, we, the American people, are all out there, sitting at our desks, waiting for our manager (the federal government) to figure it all out and come out and tell us what to do.

It is true that we live in a republic and the voters elect representatives to go to Washington to govern on our behalf. But the federal government should consider delegating some of that authority by empowering the American people and giving us the freedom and responsibility to fix the problems.

That the federal government thinks the cause of our economic problems is a select few groups of greedy executives pursuing self-interest is not unlike the micro-managers view that if you want anything done right, you have to do it yourself. “People cannot be trusted to perform as task as I want it performed, so I must make all of the decisions and see to it that it succeed.”

One thing is certain…people who work for managers like that are de-motivated, discouraged, and actively disengaged. Performance suffers and in many cases, people quit micro-managers.

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