Trust

You’re not my boss!

How to deal with your micromanaging coworker.

Every company has one. The micromanaging coworker. You know who we’re talking about. The one employee that has his hands in everything. He’s the go-to for all the questions you have. But also a bit of a control freak. Things that aren’t his job easily become his job, because he can’t let go. He checks up on your work and he’s always questioning what you’re doing. Sometimes, you might even start to wonder how he has time to do his own job when he’s spending so much time trying to do yours.

And here’s the worst part…You don’t even report to him!

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It’s All a Matter of Perspective

Consider this all-too-familiar scenario: You’re driving to work behind an SUV that abruptly stops before an intersection. No turn signal, no warning. Just stops in the middle of the street. How inconsiderate! You could have wrecked! So you lay on the horn, angry and flustered, yelling a few choice words.

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Confessions Of A Recovering Micromanager

 

Why do we micromanage? It may not always be intentional, but for some of us, it just seems to happen.

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We’re Leaves On A Vine

Think of the leaves on a vine as they grow up the side of a building. They’re beautiful. They blossom, they grow, and eventually, your entire building is covered with them. As the autumn season approaches, one by one, they start to turn colors. Some yellow, some red, some brown. So many leaves to admire, and every time we look at them, we think of the beauty they bring. Then they start to fall off. Until only a few are left. What will replace them? Naturally, new leaves blossom and grow in their place. They start out small, and then repeat the cycle.

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Building Relationships

We’ve all been busy…really busy. And many times we get so caught up in saving a minute here, or an hour there, that we lose many of the qualities that make life worth living — particularly the quality and joy that others can bring to our lives.

Success in business or in your personal life can become meaningless if there is no one available to share the fruits of that success. Therefore, setting aside time for building relationships with others is very important.

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Trust Begins With You!

Many businesses today are beginning to understand the value of trust within their environment, and the impact it has on their culture. The impact of an environment of trust is based on our ability to believe in the honesty, integrity, and reliability of others.  To successfully support those beliefs, we must first begin with ourselves.

There seems to be a common undertone these days of, “If everyone were more like me, there wouldn’t be any problems.”  This mentality can drive personal and hidden agendas resulting in an overall reduction in productivity, morale, and satisfaction. It takes too much energy to maintain this stance and endure the consequence.

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Do it Yourself! – Overcoming Micromanagement

At some point, all of us have either heard or said the phrase, “It’s just easier to do it myself.” The reason this expression has been able to withstand the test of time is that it’s right! It is true that doing something well is easier than teaching someone else to do it. And by the time we teach a person to learn a task, we could have already done it.

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What the Heck?!

Let’s face it – on a daily basis, someone will do something you don’t like. Whether it’s cutting you off in traffic, not replying to an email within your timeframe, or not following a specific process…it will happen. And when it does, what’s your first thought?

I know…It depends. I hate that response, though it may be true. Let’s talk about when someone cuts you off in traffic. Do you yell at the person? Shake your fist? Or something more drastic? Do you ever think, “What the heck?! Learn how to drive!”

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10 Ways to Reduce Trust

Trust is overrated – we all know it. When we go to work, we’re there to work, not make friends. Who wants to sit around and sing Kumbuya? Who wants things to be all hunky dory? Your job is to make sure things get done – that’s it. So, here are ten ways to show your team that trust doesn’t mean anything to you.

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Trust…From the Employee’s Perspective

One thing that makes employees unhappy is working for a company that doesn’t believe in them. From an employee perspective, we don’t want to be given the “easy” tasks. We want responsibility. We want trust. We want to know that you are comfortable giving things to us, even if you’re unsure of the outcome. We want to know that you are willing to let us go through our trial-and-error phase. Will we always knock it out of the ballpark the very first time? Probably not. But the fact that you’re willing to let us try – that’s worth the effort.

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