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A Close-Up Look at Micromanaging

oo often, the nitty-gritty of work gets replaced by The Big Picture the nit-picky. Admittedly, some of the disparity between employAccording to a study by Trinity Solutions, a ees’ and managers’ estimation of micromanagement management-development firm, nearly eight in 10 has a simple explanation: the definition of the term. workers have been micromanaged – and 37 percent “For a lot of people, ‘anything my boss does that I said it was happening at their current job. Of those, 85 don’t like’ is micromanagement,” Chambers said. percent said the behavior of their supervisor lowered “That’s not accurate.” their morale, and three quarters said it hobbled their Indeed, micromanagement constitutes specific performance. behaviors, including legitimate supervisory ones. But, One in three changed jobs to get out of the trap. here’s the key point: Problems erupt when managers But, here’s the kicker: Only 22 percent of bosspractice those behaviors to the point of disruption, es self-identified as micromanagers. Numbers being numbers, In essence, the manager needs to learn that he or she is that means at least some of the remaining 78 percent were not no longer responsible for technical work. The manager is telling the truth, or just didn’t responsible for helping the employees work better. know. As challenging as it is to find smart, reliable people to populate your avionics shop, bad management is a horrible, either to a work process or to employees’ performance, completely preventable reason to drive away the ones Chambers said. you have. Yet, that is exactly what managers do when A manager has the right to hold his employees they dictate time and talent and control how work accountable, ask for status updates so he or she is in the gets done, said Harry Chambers, president of Trinity loop and expect certain outcomes. “The key typically Solutions and author of My Way or the Highway: The rests in how we make that happen,” he said. Micromanagement Survival Guide. According to Chambers, the manager crosses the But, there’s a bright side to this. By recognizing why line when he or she uses a power trip to manipulate the it’s bad behavior and how micromanagers can be reemployee’s time by continuously shuffling priorities schooled in Leadership 101, you may actually make all or requiring unnecessary updates that focus on activity of your shop’s managers – and your entire operation – rather than completing paying work. That’s a burden to more effective. And, this makes beating dysfunctional the process. supervision worth a closer look. Similarly, the manager puts a burden on performance
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Avionics News January 2012

Point of Communication
AEA Now
The View From Washington
International News and Regulatory Updates
Rockwell Collins' Fusion Upgrades
Member Profile
Where Are They Now?
Before & After
Next Step in the GPS Battle
A Conversation With...
Touchscreen Avionics: Training Required
Sounding Off On Audio Panels
Member Profile
Advertisers Index
Aviation Aces
Business Basics
Meet the AEA Board
Theory & Practice
Legal Ease
Special Report
What's New
Marketplace Classifieds
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Avionics News January 2012 - Point of Communication
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Avionics News January 2012 - AEA Now
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Avionics News January 2012 - The View From Washington
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Avionics News January 2012 - International News and Regulatory Updates
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Avionics News January 2012 - Rockwell Collins' Fusion Upgrades
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Avionics News January 2012 - Member Profile
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Avionics News January 2012 - Where Are They Now?
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Avionics News January 2012 - Before & After
Avionics News January 2012 - Next Step in the GPS Battle
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Avionics News January 2012 - A Conversation With...
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Avionics News January 2012 - Touchscreen Avionics: Training Required
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Avionics News January 2012 - Sounding Off On Audio Panels
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Avionics News January 2012 - Member Profile
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Avionics News January 2012 - Advertisers Index
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