Thursday, January 13, 2011


Unforeseen management involvement:

When the supervisor can't do the job and the OM or the VP must step in to make an adjustment to the supervision.


a. When the manager doesn't really know what he is doing and imputes his deficiencies to his subordinates.

b. When a manager has foist upon him by his boss a process that he knows won't work and tries to cover himself by micromanaging the person he will blame for the failures of the process which is considered viable by his boss.


Copyright (c) 2011 Slim Fairview


slimfairview said...

Don't confuse micromanagement with co-ordination.

A brain surgeon (or a surgeon doing a heart-lung transplant) is not micromanaging when he makes sure everyone on the team is doing what he or she is supposed to be doing and doing it at the precise time.

A General is not micromanaging when he makes sure all his units are in position before launching an attack.


slimfairview said...

Good leaders will tighten controls when the performance graph (for lack of a better term) begins to go off.

Costs rise,
productivity down,
shipping dates missed
too many glitches in the new programmes
too many returns from a customer,
personnel turnover rate increases,
Sales fall off.

Generally, a good manager (a generic application of the term) will look into things.


A higher up gets on his case. The higher up wants to see activity.

B new guy takes over. He has to:
a. establish his authority
because he is
1. personally not up to the task
2. professionally not up to the task.
b. is brought in because things are not going well. (a turnaround pro)