The Expectations of the People around you determine how you perform. On the Key to unlocking Micromanagement.

The Expectations of the People around you determine how you perform.

People rise to the high performance standards you set for them.
People rise to the high performance standards you set for them.
People rise to the high expectations you set for them.

Here’s a powerful idea: People do not need micromanaging.

Have you ever worked for the micromanager? The boss who had to know what you were doing and how you were doing it at all times? They always want to check-in with them when you arrive at the office. They question your actions. They come down hard on you when you make a mistake or feel you’re underperforming. They buzz around you like a pesky mosquito, threatening to PIP you. You probably didn’t like that because nobody likes that. Even micromanagers don’t like being micromanaged. The micromanager is the office version of the helicopter parent.

Here’s the key to unlocking micromangement.

(The Key to unlocking the micromanager is to overwhelm them with data and evidence and keen insight while managing up. And then go to work for someone else as fast as you can. Why? Because the Real Trouble with micromanaging is it feels like you’re doing the right thing for your people because it feels like you’re doing everything you can. It is sinister. And worse: infectious.)

It bears repeating: People do not need micromanaging.

As the Great Marcus Buckingham teaches us: People need positive affirmation. They need regular, weekly check-ins. They need to know you’ve got their backs. People need recognition. People need appreciation. People need to know their manager cares. People want professional growth opportunities. Yes, even Millennials who everyone thinks you have to manage differently.

Millennials are not a puzzle to be solved.

You set the same high expectations for them as you do the other folks in the org. You treat them exactly the same. Millennials are not a puzzle to be solved. They are people! They are people with hopes, fears, dreams, and wonders. You know: just like the other folks in the org. Millennials are here to make their difference, too! And they are smart! They are driven! They are fierce contributors! Watch them work!

Expectations at home v. Expectations at work.

The funny thing about Expectations is that they work exactly the same at home and at work. If you expect nothing out of your teenager and tell her nothing and let her just be in her room all day long with no human interaction, what kind of kid-to-young-adult are you creating here? Yes — CREATING here!? What do you expect out of her? /Does she know/? Did you, like, you know, TALK to her?! Aw, man, I gotta talk to my teenager…

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