MICROMANAGEMENT: We all have a dash of micromanagement in our blood. For some… it’s because they simply want to be “in charge” of everything. It might even come from the way our parents raised us. Some Mother’s, for an example, want to be involved in “every aspect” of their daughter’s lives…from clothing selection to their social life. Some Father’s might want to be involved in every aspect of their son’s baseball adventures. So… there… the habit of “being in-charge takes root.
By the time one realizes their “management potential” …the idea of “being boss” is sure to surface. There’s a time and place for every form of management style and we can learn from the worst of managers; or gain insight into that type of management style we should want to avoid. One might consider the Leader in question might favor micromanagement style of management… because he excels in that particular subject, or part of the project.
If he’s digging into, or shadowing every detail, and in the process….making your life miserable, than tell him…”Butt out.” (Politely… of course). Make it a GROUP effort, if necessary; as sometimes the entire project might be a risk. Any Manager worth his salt, should be open to “listening to the group’s opinion.”
In Exodus, God tells Moses that he’s works too hard, tending to all the details, and to solicit the help of his father-in-law Jethro. Later, through Jethro, God tells Moses to share his responsibilities with more judges. As we are told in Exodus 18:14-27 –
And when Moses’ father in law saw all that he did to the people, he said, What is this thing that thou doest to the people? Why sittest thou thyself alone, and all the people stand by thee from morning unto even? And Moses said unto his father in law, Because the people come unto me to enquire of God: When they have a matter, they come unto me; and I judge between one and another, and I do make them know the statutes of God, and his laws. And Moses’ father in law said unto him, The thing that thou doest is not good. Thou wilt surely wear away, both thou, and this people that is with thee: for this thing is too heavy for thee; thou art not able to perform it thyself alone. Hearken now unto my voice, I will give thee counsel, and God shall be with thee: Be thou for the people to God-ward, that thou mayest bring the causes unto God: And thou shalt teach them ordinances and laws, and shalt shew them the way wherein they must walk, and the work that they must do. Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens: And let them judge the people at all seasons: and it shall be, that every great matter they shall bring unto thee, but every small matter they shall judge: so shall it be easier for thyself, and they shall bear the burden with thee. If thou shalt do this thing, and God command thee so, then thou shalt be able to endure, and all this people shall also go to their place in peace. So Moses hearkened to the voice of his father in law, and did all that he had said. And Moses chose able men out of all Israel, and made them heads over the people, rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens. And they judged the people at all seasons: the hard causes they brought unto Moses, but every small matter they judged themselves. And Moses let his father in law depart; and he went his way into his own land.
This passage tells us that “God knows all.” God is the “most important” MANAGEMENT TOOL… that is available to all of industry. He knows what is best for each of us… when we need help, and when we don’t, and when He thinks that we can “handle the issue” on our own.