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Three Steps to Stop Your Boss From Micromanaging You.

By Lisa Woods (729 words)
Posted in Professional Development on May 11, 2012

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How annoying is it when your boss constantly tells you how to do your job, or even worse, when he tries to tell your employees how to do theirs, bypassing you altogether.  It is very hard to stay motivated or focused when you have someone standing over your shoulder.  And it is difficult to manage others when they are think someone higher up is looking at them.  So how can you get your boss off your back AND get them to listen to what you have to say?


Step One:  Get your act together!

Take a look at your work and be sure there is not a reason your boss is micromanaging you.  Are you really doing a good job?  Do you meet deadlines without reminders, achieve targeted results each month, communicate well with others, and bring new ideas or processes to the table?  If you are doing these things, you can move onto Step Two.  If your job is questionable, fix yourself before you fix the situation with your boss.


Step Two:  Give your boss a job to do!

Take some time to define the support you need from your boss to get your job done.  What funding do you need approved?  What support do you need from other departments or other organizations?  What structural changes would you like to make to support your employees?  Overall, define what new, innovative ideas you can you drive forward to improve your company, and outline what can your boss do to support you in making those ideas a reality.  Formalize this into a presentation.


Step Three:  Have a formal, open discussion with your boss!

Set up a meeting with your boss and present him with your ideas.  Discuss your vision for your job and/or your department.  Talk to him about your role and the support you need to succeed.  Discuss your employees and what you would like to do to support their success and the role you would like your boss to play in that.  Basically, set the tone for a new relationship, the one you want to have with your boss.


By leading this dialog, you are putting yourself back in charge and refocusing your boss’s perception of your role.  The more you are leading the relationship forward, the less your boss is going to get involved because it will be obvious that he is not the one in charge of your world.  He will also know that you are treating him like your boss…asking for his opinion; his help.  This should change the entire dynamic between the two of you.


I hope you are able to test out these concepts and share your results with us.  Others can benefit from your ideas and experiences.    Good luck!




Written by Lisa WoodsPresident ManagingAmericans.com

Lisa is a successful entrepreneur, world-class marketing strategist, and dynamic business leader with more than 20 years experience leading, managing and driving growth. Throughout her career, Lisa has been influential in integration techniques, organizational and cultural overhauls, financial turnarounds and developing employees into exceptional leaders, results driven managers and passionate team contributors.


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Comments (9)

Simon Edward Flack posted on: June 29, 2012

Hi Lisa.. Just having a mini crisis of confidence (Where am I going? Am I really bad at what I do? etc). Your articles on communication - presentation skills in particular - have helped bring everything back into focus.. thank you & god bless.

Kevin Gulbransen posted on: August 6, 2012

I have found additionally that it helps to try to think one step ahead of them as well. Anticipate what they will want before they ask. Also, probably the most important thing I do when interacting with my boss is that I never bring up a problem or question without having a recommended course of action. There is nothing worse than having employees who just bring you problems and don't have suggestions on how to fix it.

Pankaj Gupta posted on: August 16, 2012

Facing tough situation makes one stronger but behaving as a yes man is like surrender your self respect.

Ola Saliu, MBA, NCP posted on: August 20, 2012

The best way to stop your boss from micromanaging you is for you to start managing your boss. I suggest you read " It's Okay to Manage Your Boss" by Bruce Tulgan. This book gives insight on micromanagement and under-management; and also suggests strategies for managing your boss effectively.

Nadeem Sohail posted on: August 20, 2012

In small medium enterprises where the boss is acting as the sole responsible for all the the things to do or the boss assumes the role of a supper strategist and engage in micromanagement reason. Once the organization is not fully developed and the fear of unknown risks threatens you there is every possibility of such intervention. To accept this as a challenge in a an organization you have to make things to do, objectives and technical skills clear to all the members contributing to achieve a common goal.

Reham Youssef posted on: August 20, 2012

Thanks for these 3 steps. Valuable!!!

Jayne Jenkins BSc RYT200 posted on: August 20, 2012

I like your article, simple strategies like these can make a huge difference.
Posted by Jayne Jenkins BSc RYT200

Betty Caleb posted on: August 28, 2012

Great tips!

Claretha Mayes Rice posted on: January 6, 2013

I tried all three of these ideas over a period of about a year and a half. In the end I had to resign, which is fine because I am at retirement age. I don't think the boss understood that. There is much tension with the other employees and her boss knows how everyone feels, but is unable to get the situation under control. So I took control over my life, since I have health issues that are important to me. I had no other recourse.

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