Dealing With a Micromanaging Boss

Hi everybody, I’m Mike Staver. This is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions from people just like you. This week’s question:

How do you interact with a controlling, micromanaging boss?


Just kidding. Don’t quit. Here’s how you interact with a controlling and micromanaging boss.

First of all, ask if there’s good motive. If you’re doing something where you need to be micromanaged your boss may need to micromanage you. You don’t want to be getting all up in your boss’ business if you’re not doing well. If you’re not doing well in an area of your life or work you need to be micromanaged, in that specific area.

If they’re micromanaging you on things you’re really good at, then I’d like you to go to them and ask this question: “You know, sometimes I feel like you ask me to do things, and then you stay involved in it. Help me understand what I can do to make you feel comfortable handing this project over to me. How can I help you feel more comfortable handing this over to me and letting me have full responsibility for it?”

Micromanaging bosses are usually a little controlling, obviously, but they also sometimes don’t know they’re being that way. I had somebody the other day, big time micromanager, didn’t know it until they were confronted by one of their employees. So go to them and ask them that question.

I had one at one time, it was a NIGHTMARE. I eventually did leave. But in the meantime – are you deserving of it, ask them what it would take to make them more comfortable, and then evaluate their response.

I’m Mike Staver, this is Mondays with Mike. If you have a question, please send it in, we’d love to hear from you.

Take care.

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