Working with a micromanager

You can reduce or even eliminate most micromanagement by improving your communication and strengthening your interpersonal relationships. Consider taking the following steps:

^ Don't assume. Don't jump to conclusions. Examine the situation, get to know the person who's micromanaging you, and try to understand his motivations. Expect that you can develop a working relationship that you're both comfortable with.

^ Listen. Listen to the micromanager's questions and comments; see if patterns emerge. Try to understand his real interests and concerns.

^ Observe the person's behavior with others. If the person microman-ages others, then the micromanagement likely stems from his feelings rather than from your actions. Try to figure ways to address the person's real interests and concerns.

^ If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Draw your first conclusion and take steps to address the situation. If that approach doesn't work, reassess the situation and develop an alternative strategy. Keep at it until you succeed.

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