My Way or the Highway

The Micromanagement Survival Guide

Harry Chambers (Author)

Publication date: 11/01/2004

My Way or the Highway
  • By the author of the bestselling Bad Attitude Survival Guide (more than 40,000 copies sold), named one of the top business books of 1998 by Executive Book Summaries
  • Everyone thinks they know what micromanagement is, but this book presents a specific, detailed definition illustrated with concrete examples
  • Offers successful strategies for overcoming your own micromanaging behavior and for responding when you are being micromanaged

By the author of the bestselling Bad Attitude Survival Guide (more than 40,000 copies sold), named one of the top business books of 1998 by Executive Book Summaries

Everyone thinks they know what micromanagement is, but this book presents a specific, detailed definition illustrated with concrete examples

Offers successful strategies for overcoming your own micromanaging behavior and for responding when you are being micromanaged

Micromanagement is one of the most widely condemned managerial sins, and one of the most common employee complaints. It results in significant direct, indirect, and hidden costs to organizations, contributing to low morale, high turnover, inefficiency, instability, and lack of continuity. And being perceived as a micromanager can have a significant negative impact on your career. But what, precisely, is micromanagement? More importantly, what can be done about it?

In My Way or the Highway, Harry Chambers proves that micromanagement can be objectively identified and successfully resisted, both by those who (often unknowingly) inflict it and by those who are its victims.

In an informal, entertaining style Chambers describes five specific defining traits of micromanagers: placing their own self interest above everything else; controlling and manipulating time; attempting to determine exactly how everything must be done; requiring elaborate approval processes; and establishing dysfunctional monitoring and reporting requirements. He even provides a Micromanagement Potential Indicator test so you can see whether (and to what extent) you might be a micromanager. He then devotes a chapter to each trait, providing real-world examples of the trait in action and an analysis of the damage it does.

But this is not just a book of diagnosis-Chambers provides treatment as well. He devotes several chapters how to respond if you are the micromanagee (a victim of micromanagement), how to eliminate your own micromanaging behaviors, and what to do if you have to manage a micromanager.

Avoiding micromanagement should be a major goal of every manager, would-be manager, team member, or collaborative peer. My Way or the Highway offers detailed, actionable, field-tested strategies that will eliminate the damage that overcontrolling behavior causes and increase creativity, risk-taking, productivity, and initiative in any organization.

  • By the author of the bestselling Bad Attitude Survival Guide (more than 40,000 copies sold), named one of the top business books of 1998 by Executive Book Summaries
  • Everyone thinks they know what micromanagement is, but this book presents a specific, detailed definition illustrated with concrete examples
  • Offers successful strategies for overcoming your own micromanaging behavior and for responding when you are being micromanaged

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  • By the author of the bestselling Bad Attitude Survival Guide (more than 40,000 copies sold), named one of the top business books of 1998 by Executive Book Summaries
  • Everyone thinks they know what micromanagement is, but this book presents a specific, detailed definition illustrated with concrete examples
  • Offers successful strategies for overcoming your own micromanaging behavior and for responding when you are being micromanaged

By the author of the bestselling Bad Attitude Survival Guide (more than 40,000 copies sold), named one of the top business books of 1998 by Executive Book Summaries

Everyone thinks they know what micromanagement is, but this book presents a specific, detailed definition illustrated with concrete examples

Offers successful strategies for overcoming your own micromanaging behavior and for responding when you are being micromanaged

Micromanagement is one of the most widely condemned managerial sins, and one of the most common employee complaints. It results in significant direct, indirect, and hidden costs to organizations, contributing to low morale, high turnover, inefficiency, instability, and lack of continuity. And being perceived as a micromanager can have a significant negative impact on your career. But what, precisely, is micromanagement? More importantly, what can be done about it?

In My Way or the Highway, Harry Chambers proves that micromanagement can be objectively identified and successfully resisted, both by those who (often unknowingly) inflict it and by those who are its victims.

In an informal, entertaining style Chambers describes five specific defining traits of micromanagers: placing their own self interest above everything else; controlling and manipulating time; attempting to determine exactly how everything must be done; requiring elaborate approval processes; and establishing dysfunctional monitoring and reporting requirements. He even provides a Micromanagement Potential Indicator test so you can see whether (and to what extent) you might be a micromanager. He then devotes a chapter to each trait, providing real-world examples of the trait in action and an analysis of the damage it does.

But this is not just a book of diagnosis-Chambers provides treatment as well. He devotes several chapters how to respond if you are the micromanagee (a victim of micromanagement), how to eliminate your own micromanaging behaviors, and what to do if you have to manage a micromanager.

Avoiding micromanagement should be a major goal of every manager, would-be manager, team member, or collaborative peer. My Way or the Highway offers detailed, actionable, field-tested strategies that will eliminate the damage that overcontrolling behavior causes and increase creativity, risk-taking, productivity, and initiative in any organization.

  • By the author of the bestselling Bad Attitude Survival Guide (more than 40,000 copies sold), named one of the top business books of 1998 by Executive Book Summaries
  • Everyone thinks they know what micromanagement is, but this book presents a specific, detailed definition illustrated with concrete examples
  • Offers successful strategies for overcoming your own micromanaging behavior and for responding when you are being micromanaged

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Meet the Author


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Harry E. Chambers is President of the Atlanta-based training and consulting company Trinity Solutions, Inc. His clients include the IBM, Verizon, the U. S. Postal Service, Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control, and Alcon Laboratories. He has trained, facilitated and consulted with Boise State University and the University of Minnesota, and he is affiliated with the Sam M.Walton Center for Management and Executive Development at the University of Arkansas. He is the author of five books, including The Bad Attitude Survival Guide.

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Table of Contents


1. The Scope of Micromanagement
2. Team "Me"-putting the "I" in Micro
3. The Supreme Commander of Time
4. The Immortalization of Frank Sinatra-"My Way"
5. Approval Requirements
6. Dysfunctional Monitoring and Reporting
7. The Response to Being Micromanaged
8. Effective Strategies for EEs
9. Neutralizing Your Own Micromanagement Behaviors
10. Negotiating Operating Agreements
11. When You Manage a Micromanager
12. In Conclusion

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Endorsements

"My Way or the Highway is the silver bullet that strikes the heart of the micromanagement monster! Chambers offers fresh insights and tools to overcome the disruptive behaviors of micromanagers."
--Angie Fitts, CPA, Accounting Operations Director, Cingular Wireless

"The CEOs in my Executive Forums will certainly want to discuss Chambers' latest book ... maybe because it cuts a little close to home."
--William S. McIlwaine, President, Renaissance Executive Forums

"An excellent book that helps identify the negative impact of micromanagement. A must-read for those who think they are exceptional managers."
--Scott Zakrajsek, Plant Manager, Electrolux Home Products

"A real wake-up call for someone who was going down the road towards becoming a micromanager .... Thumbs up for Harry Chambers and his call-it-as-he-sees-it style."
--Joseph T. Bork, Director of Employer Education Services, University of Minnesota

"Once again Harry Chambers has written a timely hands-on book dealing with a disruptive workplace practice. Presents constructive suggestions on how to deal with the micromanager."
--Ronald L. Melchiorre, Executive Director Center for Management Development, Boise State University

"An excellent read! Harry Chambers is a master at getting to the point about what is critical to good management, and getting results. Managers on every level need to have this book."
--Diane Valek, President & CEO, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Georgia and Alabama

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