Micromanagement gets lots of attention, but under-management may be just as big a problem. This is the term Victor Lipman, author of The Type B manager, has given to a constellation of behaviors that often co- exist: Weak performance management, a tendency to avoid conflicts, and generally lackluster accountability. Writing in the Harvard Business Review, Lipman explains that results often suffer as a result.
“Under-management can often fly under the radar because the managers who have these tendencies aren’t necessarily incompetent; on the contrary, they often know their business well, are good collaborators, and are well-liked.” The problem is they just do not manage! There are several intertwined causes behind this phenomenon, including too strong a desire to be liked and a penchant for avoiding conflict. If you suspect you are under-managing, try these steps:
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