How to Fail Lesson #004: Micro-manage.

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People hate to make decisions and let’s face it, your people are not nearly as smart as you or they would have your job.  Micro-managing gets a bad rap but the fact is that it streamlines your business because it ensures that every decision will be in line with what you want and it will also ensure that if and when your employees do make decisions, they will take a long time to contemplate them because they will be afraid of being wrong. And being wrong will only be further proof to them that you are the smartest person in the room. 

Micro-managing is also really important to keep the company nimble and, on its toes, so that it can change at any time.  Micro-managing accomplishes this by allowing you to constantly change your mind as you contemplate all of the fast decisions you made while trying to sleep at night.  The more you thoughtfully approach second guessing your decisions, the more times you will change and tweak them and since everyone follows your lead, they will need to pivot.  Knowing how your decisions always evolve will only further demonstrate to your employees that you know what you are doing and have the confidence to change course as needed.

Micro-managing also helps ensure that you will have a stable workforce because it will weed out the people who think they know their department, the company and the industry better than you do.  You will be left with a loyal workforce who are so happy that they don’t have to make any decisions, they will never leave.

The downside to micro-managing is that when you do fail, it will be harder for you to blame other people but like any good decision maker, you know how to prioritize and since your goal is to create an Epic Failure, micro-managing takes a top priority over blaming others because having people smarter than you (if they even exist) making decisions that are based on succeeding will only make it that much harder to fail.  You’ll find someone to blame later.

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