Have you ever been micromanaged? Meaning, that your boss tells you every little thing you have to do. They may often challenge or second guess you anytime you try to show your own initiative. How did this make you feel? Did you feel productive? Stifled? Appreciative that you didn't have to think for yourself? Something else I didn't note here?
Aside from writing, (which I wish I could do full time, but alas, with four daughters entering their teenage years, that's not an option) I work in the business world. I've been a manager for various companies over the last numerous years, and have taken my fair share of management classes.
One of the classes I really enjoyed explained how managers need to adjust their management style based on the person and the situation. And it makes total sense. Someone who is new to a job needs a lot of hand holding until they are up to speed. Someone who has been in the role a long time and is productive basically needs support and trust, with little if no interference from their boss. And there are areas in-between. Again, I didn't make this up--it is from a highly acclaimed management seminar (which I won't mention for legal reasons).
I recently changed companies because I was being micromanaged to death. But it wasn't just me--it was everyone. In fact, when I left the company, several of my peers did the same. Why would you leave a job in such a harsh economic climate as this? Well, everyone has the point where they say, "enough is enough."
While I was debating on whether or not to leave, I would think of those sayings or songs that talked about not giving up, keep on fighting the good fight and all that. So, how do you answer when people tell you, "Ah, you couldn't handle it. You needed to hang in there and tough it out."
Here is the answer I came up with: I actually was the "noble warrior" by standing up and saying, "This environment is unproductive and unhealthy. Instead of surrendering who I am to become a pawn, or 'yes' man, I, as in me and myself, have decided to bravely leave this behind and venture into the unknown where I can better serve and be productive."
And so far so good. I've found a company that shares my values. They "get it" for lack of a better term.
As for the company I left behind where everyone was being micromanaged? Well, what I found ironic was they are the ones that paid me to attend the seminar about how everyone shouldn't be micromanaged. In other words, they paid me to realize that I was working for a company that didn't practice what it preached.