Micromanagement is often looked upon as an annoying action that leaders take.
However , according to “How ‘Episodic Micromanagement’ Can Actually Make You A Better
Leader,” by Paul Petrone, which entails an interview with former NBA Commissioner, David
Stern, it may serve a useful purpose. Episodic micromanagement, according to Stern, is
“managing by walking around.” What he means is to dig into all aspects of the business. In
many cases, head management may not be as involved in day-to-day operation as front line
workers are, but there needs to be time where they are together interacting with one another.
By checking in once and awhile with all working parts of the business, head management can see the progress, interact and build relationships. Stern explains there are two important benefits. The first reason is that the small stuff really does matter. In order to create the best brand and unity within the company, coming together to determine what the mission and goals are for the organization is very important. If everyone contributes and is on the same page goals will be achieved. Everyone in the company has to be a part of the operation. Leaders set an example and take on tasks because they have a passion for the work they are doing. As a role model setting the tone for the company climate, other employees see this and are motivated to put their best foot forward. Which brings us to the next benefit.
The second benefit to episodic micromanagement is that it motivates employees. In
today’s society the workforce wants to feel valued and have a purpose with their work. For me, being a part of Gen Z, it is extremely important to have a purpose. Studies show that Gen Z has a different mindset in the business world as well as everyday thinking that other generations don’t have; and that is purpose and meaning with the work they do. If a leader is constantly reinforcing motivation, then more people will find purpose in what they are doing which will make them be more productive in the workplace bettering the company.
Episodic micromanagement can be active not only in the workplace but also in a team
setting. In my years at Le Moyne College I believe that my coach has set the precedent and the standard for the work ethic that is needed to be successful. There are many times a coach cannot watch full teams at a time. When a coach is walking around practice, he is pointing out small mechanical issues that need to be worked on. Same thing in a work setting. The manager is walking around making sure all is running how it should be while developing a relationship with those around him/her. Episodic micromanagement holds everyone accountable without that constant nagging feeling. It allows for employees and teams to feel free while knowing what it is expected of them to be their best selves.
Episodic micromanagement is not meant to be done as an overwhelming annoyance; it
is simply checking to make sure your business is at its full potential. This can be used as a tool to find processes that need to be updated and working towards finding a better way to do things. Gen Z is the generation of embracing new learning styles and taking on tasks while understanding what they do is making a difference. Change is okay! Adapting to our work environment and switching the way we do things comes easy to Gen Z. People learn in different ways so developing ways to allow others to learn and work is encouraged. If employees are happy and confident in their leader, they will be more efficient at the work they do, which will allow you to create that brand you always wanted.
Casey Kretsch is a success manager at Michael Sgro Leadership Coaching. He is a rising senior at Le Moyne College and studying management, leadership and human resources. He is also a baseball player and mentor to young leaders.