Are You a Micromanager?
by Joan Lloyd

There are leaders and there are micromanagers. Leaders motivate and empower their team members to work hard and work smart. Micromanagers have the opposite effect — despite their good intentions, they can dampen workplace morale, or worse, leave valuable team players with no place to go but out. Fortunately, breaking micromanaging habits is easy to do. Read on to learn how.

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Tips on Delegating the Right Way

Counting on others to complete tasks can be hard for managers. If you're new, delegating work seems to go against your immediate goal to establish yourself and prove you can do the job effectively. When you've been around for awhile, it's hard to get out of your comfort zone and assign tasks to others you are used doing yourself. When handled correctly, delegating actually elevates a supervisor's standing in the eyes of subordinates. It empowers workers, promotes a team spirit, and gives people a sense of responsibility while motivating them. Here are five tips to delegate successfully so employees will feel trusted, accountable, and valued.

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Book Review

What Got You Here Won't Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful
by Marshall Goldsmith and Mark Reiter

"Taking it to the next level" is a popular mantra with supervisors, and it applies to themselves as well as their subordinates. What Got You Here knocks down the walls on management and explores how successful people are able to push themselves to the next level. Supervisors who struggle with the intricacies of delegating, motivating a team and rewarding employees will benefit from this "how to" and "how not to" guide. People are raving about Goldsmith's insights and calling this book a "must have."

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Q. I recently happened upon an employee's web site. I guess it's called a blog. He writes a lot about some questionable activities that make me rethink whether I want him working for me. Is that something that I can fire him for?

A. You'd do well to consult a labor attorney that is familiar with the laws in your area. Some states are "right to work" meaning it's a little harder to let somebody go. Others are "at will" meaning you can fire somebody a bit easier.

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