Delegate ... Then Step Away
Some managers are dictators and look over their employees' shoulders every step of the way. Of course, such managers think they can do the work better, and that their way is the only right way to do it. They refuse to listen to other ideas and suggestions.
Solution: If this is you, delegate the task, then step back and allow the employee to do it. It doesn't matter how it's done, just as long as it gets done on time and with the preferred result. You do need to be available and ready if the employee needs guidance or assistance. Hold regular meetings to discuss the progress of projects, or ask that weekly reports be generated to keep you in the know. Ask employees for their ideas and suggestions, and find ways to incorporate good ideas. Then give credit where it's due.
—Terri Levine, CEO of Comprehensive Coaching U and
author of the new book "Stop Managing, Start Coaching."
She can be reached via the Web site: www.terrilevine.com