What’s the biggest problem with outsourcing?

No, it’s not the time it takes to explain. It’s not a lack of great talent to work with you.  The biggest problem when it comes to delegation is YOU.  You micromanage your help.

You’re a lawyer who is accustomed to being in involved and calling the shots. It’s hard for you to release even a little bit of control because you are responsible. I get that.

Micromanaging is not the answer to getting more done, my friend. It’s the obstacle to your professional growth and happiness.

 

What is micromanaging?

Micromanaging is a management style where you have excessive control over every detail and aspect of the project without regard to the impact on others or yourself.

You know exactly what it feels like to be micromanaged if you’ve worked for anyone else for any length of times.  It sucks.

Signs that you are a micromanager

You need a truthful mirror to reflect back to you things that are true but not necessarily seen by you. That’s the kind of clarity I offer to my private clients.

There are signs that you micromanage that you might not see in yourself. Check this list out.  You are a micromanager if you…

  1. Have a hard time asking for help
  2. Check in frequently to see if the work is being done/done your way
  3. Monitor every detail, even the smallest ones
  4. Believe that no one can produce what you can
  5. Don’t take advice or suggestions from others
  6. Make all the decisions involved in the project
  7. Believe others are likely to waste time or resources

What micromanaging says about you

There are so many jokes and war stories about micromanagers. That’s kinda sad. People see micromanagers as difficult to work with, disrespectful and rude.

While some micromanagers like being characterized as ‘particular’, it really is a bad look, especially if you want to grow your law firm.  You tell the world these things when you refuse to delegate effectively…

  • You lack trust in yourself
  • You lack trust in others
  • You fear  mistakes
  • You fear being judged
  • You lack the ability to see talent in others
  • You lack emotional intelligence

Harvard Business Review reports that collaboration and soft skills are the key skills to possess if you want to future-proof your business.  That seems especially true for lawyers as the profession adjusts to new market conditions and demands from clients for more efficiency.

How do you stop micromanaging?

How do you stop micromanaging?

First, realize that you didn’t develop this habit overnight or for no good reason.  You won’t lose it without a fight or over the weekend. It will take consistent attention and effort to reshape your thinking and behaviors. Be patient with yourself.

Second, get a coach. You need guidance and feedback. You can’t properly hear what you sound like so you need a truthful mirror to reflect back to you and show you where to change. I’d be happy to help you

Third, practice delegation. Delegate more. Start small. Recognize that you and your help have a shared goal: doing the best work possible.

Fourth, Shift your mindset from managing to leading. Managers control things. Leaders inspire action, collaboration, and commitment. Leaders focus on the positive, not the negatives.

 

Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity- George Patton

Are you a micromanager?  No worries if you are. You can grow out of it and have a happier, less stressful work life with guidance and a little work on your emotional intelligence.


DLE
DLE

Dina Lynch Eisenberg, JD, is the CEO of OutsourceEasier.com, an outsourcing training/consulting firm for successful lawyers and entrepreneurs based in Oakland, CA.

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