No one in the events industry wants to be classified as a micromanager, but it’s possible to be one
without even realizing it. Did you know that being a micromanager could actually hurt your team and
negatively affect the outcome of your event work?
When you work in the event planning and design business, attention to detail is important, and that’s
precisely why so many of us fall victim to becoming micromanagers. If you are a solo act, then you don’t
have this problem because you’re doing it all. If you work with a team, however, management is a little
First of all, what is a micromanager? Though your actions may be rooted in good intentions,
micromanagement is actually pretty detrimental. You are overly critical of your team and let them know it.
You can tell that you might be a micromanager if you exhibit the following traits:
You have trouble delegating tasks
You constantly check in with your team to see how they are progressing
You ask for unnecessary reporting
You have communication troubles and don’t conduct effective meetings
If you are a micromanager, the detriment to your staff can be severe, and the effects might include:
A lack of motivation
Lowered team morale
An imbalance of power
The good news is, if you can identify yourself as a micromanager, you can change! The first step is to
recognize what you are doing and to remember that no one is perfect – and no situation is perfect, either.
There are always going to be different levels of management appropriate for different situations, but as
long as you keep the lines of communication open with your team, you can build trust and begin to work
more effectively. You’ll be surprised how the creative process thrives when the staff is comfortable and
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