Many of us are in professions in which we are taught to be detail oriented and meticulous. But how do you translate those skills – those that make you a good doctor, accountant, attorney, therapist (or whatever your profession is) into being a good boss?
If you’re a small business owner, chances are that you may be a micromanager.
In college, medical/graduate school and training, we are taught how to be proficient and skilled at our jobs. What we are not taught is how to be a boss (unless you went to business school). I’m not talking boss babe nonsense. I mean – how to create a company culture. How to help your employees grow and feel fulfilled in their work. Heck, how to even process payroll or provide training programs or employee benefits.
And, so, the skills which make us good physicians, attorneys, optometrists, therapists etc do not necessarily translate into making us good bosses. In fact, I believe the opposite is true.
As a surgeon, I have to be meticulous, detail oriented and conscientious. I double, triple, and maybe even quadruple check my work. I have high expectations of myself and others.
But these characteristics can lead you to micromanage your staff. They can inhibit your employees, prevent them from thinking creatively and even demotivate them to have their work continuously overseen. It happened to me and then someone brought this to my attention.
In this week’s It’s Good To See You podcast, I discuss 4 things we can do to stop micromanaging. Trust me, it’s possible.