micromanage

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micromanage

verb To exert an excess of control over subordinates’ activities.

micromanage

Administration A popular term for excess oversight of lower management by upper management
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Accountemps offers this six-step plan to help micromanagers learn to loosen the reins:
Perfectionist tendencies are part of the constellation of the micromanager.
To produce the finest honey, beekeepers become micromanagers of their honeybees, scouting optimal field locations, knowing when nectar flow begins, and selecting the best ways to extract honey when the season is done.
Startup CEOs shouldn't be micromanagers, says Rick Marini, a serial entrepreneur whose most recent project is the Facebook application BranchOut.
Micromanagers do not expect their personnel to accomplish tasks without specific direction; in other words, they feel troubled when subordinates take their own initiative.
Because of this, Baby Boomers were characterized as free agents in the workplace (Kupperschmidt, 2000), described by Crumpacker and Crumpacker (2007) as highly competitive micromanagers, irritated by lazy employees, with a positive demeanor towards professional growth.
However, unless a board's directors are hopeless micromanagers, they really don't need to know those things in order to fulfill their duties.
Sometimes these individuals become micromanagers who intimidate others and undermine staff performance.
And Steve Jobs, who has a reputation as the world champion of micromanagers, didn't know?
You need these micromanagers to be able to respond correctly," Schratt says.
The French were seen as micromanagers who stifled the creativity of American employees and were mired in bureaucracy.