Project Pain Relief: how to cope with micro-managers

db interiors is focused on delivering. After 50 years in business we know that micromanagement can hinder our ability to deliver results for our clients and we know how to avoid it. 


Change Is Necessary But Also Stressful.


Rational thinking during a heightened state of emotion is easier said than done, especially when when we’ve got deadlines up to our eyeballs.

All managers will experience a little bit of anxiety leading up to a project deadline ….Unless you’re a robot.. but lets save that for another blog.

db’s project delivery team see it all the time. Even if the’re not aware of it, managers under the pump feel threatened by the chance of failure, especially when the’re relying on others to complete tasks on time and do a good job. The db business model was founded on this very important fact.


Our teams are self-managed and thrive on deadlines so that our client’s don’t have to.


Without a one point of contact approach what you get what is stressed out managers who don’t trust the abilities of their team. We’ve seen how this creates tension and hinders the project team’s performance, which is why our biggest request to our clients is to RELAX.


Micromanagement: poor project management’s love child


For those undergoing a not-so-smooth design and build you may have a micromanager in your mist.


Here are our 10 clear signs of micromanagement:


 Micromanagers lack personal leadership and tend to:

  1. Resist delegating work
  2. Immerse themselves in the work assigned to others
  3. Look at the detail instead of the big picture
  4. Discourage others from making decisions
  5. Get involved in the work of others without consulting them
  6. Monitor what’s least important and expect regular reports on miscellany
  7. Push aside the experience and knowledge of colleagues
  8. Loose loyalty and commitment
  9. Focus on the wrong priorities
  10. Have a de-motivated team

When our project delivery team come up against micromanagers we deal with them by applying Patience and Resilience.


Here’s some more advice from our project team:

  1. Assess your own behaviour

Try and match up to a micromanager’s values and beliefs.

For example your micromanager might be super strict about proper timekeeping and you might be a little bit more relaxed. Try and close the gap to make your life easier.


  1. Understand your manager

Apply Empathy

Learn to read the signs of your micromanager and understand what they are trying to achieve.  When you have two people pursuing a common goal, you get more trust, more trust means more freedom.


  1. Challenge your manager

Persist about having regular one and one catch ups

At these meetings, decide on some clear action points that you can do that will help your manager reach their goals. If they try and interfere, remind them that part of the bargin was for them to butt out.


  1. Frequent communication

When you’re in Deadline Town, no news is not good news, its bad , bad news.

Good communication the best way to deal with every micromanager. Update your manager on your progress every chance you get.


Did you know?
  • Only 30% of us are able to accurately identify our emotions as they happen.
  • And 70% of us have can’t deal with the inevitable pressures that arise at work.
    (Source from TalentSmart’sglobal research)

Micromanagers rarely recognize their behavior and the impact it has on their teams. That’s why we boycott micromanagement entirely, by managing EVERYTHING, from concept to completion, on behalf our clients.