Stop Micro-Managing, Manage Agreements Not People

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We Help Operations Managers to Conceive and Actualize Their Industrial Visions Based on the Lean Manufacturing Culture

We Help Operations Managers to Conceive and Actualize Their Industrial Visions Based on the Lean Manufacturing Culture

Collaborators are not puppets; you can not expect they will achieve goals if you are constantly micro-managing them; if you usually do this, you end up with a lot of frustration and wasted time in controlling them.

Stop continuously checking what they are doing, how they are doing, and when they are doing it, and suggest your ideas and solutions.

Do not inhibit them.

If you are micro-managing, it is because you do not trust them and do not trust because you missed some preconditions and missed setting some frames.

The secret is in pre-framing agreements.

Teams and single collaborators start to perform their magic; only after they know the following:

  • What are they accountable for in their role?

One of the mistakes is assigning tasks to collaborators that do not have the skills or the mindset to execute the task.

  • What are we focusing on this quarter?

How can they organize their focus if they don't know what's essential to achieve in this quarter?

  • What project do they own?

If they feel they do not have ownership (because you interfere constantly) of projects you assign them, they will shut down the proactive mode and pass into the waiting mode, always waiting for your input...

Learn to manage agreements, not people.

Below is a list of tools that serve the purpose of creating agreements. If you don't have it or one or more of the tools are wrong, you will be unable to create agreements, and you will go back to micro-managing and stress...

Tools list specially crafted to induce/create agreements.

  • Job descriptions
  • One-page yearly growth plan
  • Quarters plan
  • Projects Plans (subscribe to the blog you will get a free Projects Plans template)

BTW if you can delegate the task to create/refine the tools and establish the agreements you will have a done a further step toward the status of hand-off C-level executive.

To your success

Kaizen Coach
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