11The Micromanager

“The wise adapt themselves to circumstances, as water molds itself to the pitcher.”

—Chinese proverb



Nobody likes to be micromanaged. Having someone draped over your shoulder, constantly scrutinizing your every move is frustrating and soul crushing. Human beings have an innate neuropsychological need for some level of autonomy, so a boss who denies you this can be very difficult on both an emotional level and a workplace engagement level. In addition to being incredibly frustrating, having an overcontrolling boss can and will stunt your professional growth and development. Micromanagers who dictate and control your every move prevent you from exercising independent thought, creative problem solving, and risk taking – all things that lead to growth.

Being micromanaged is always the ...

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