EP 278: Why Micromanaging Might Be Getting In Your Way of Growth with Tessa White

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As a leader, have you ever asked yourself if you are a micromanager? Many might justify such actions due to the lack of initiative or accountability from team members. 


Finding the right person to the right seat is no easy task.


In this episode, Tessa White to further dive into what exactly a micromanager is. She gives actionable advice on how to recognize your management style and improve your leadership. She also emphasizes the importance of creating a safe space within the team in order to build trust and open communication and naturally develop accountability among your people.


Tessa White is a human resource expert with over 20 years of designing human capital strategies. She brings a level of creativity that has led her to some of the most innovative publicly traded companies today including Vivint Solar, which was recognized by Glassdoor as one of the Top 50 Companies to Work in the nation. A keynote speaker, she has taught over 10,000 people in industries from high tech to healthcare to direct sales and teaches people how to move from invisible to exceptional and become top-tier talent in the workplace.


Tessa is the founder of The Job Doctor, a company dedicated to moving employee performance from average to extraordinary, building strong company leaders with highly engaged employees. Her straight talk helps job seekers and employees excel in the workforce.



• “You’re micromanaging your team and what happens is you train your people slowly to do nothing except what you say to do because they don't like doing rework. So you train them to get instruction from you on every little step until, at one point, you shut down your team's creativity.” (10:37-:1056)

• “It's really hard as a manager not to redo something. So if you're redoing the entire approach, that's a problem. If you're asking someone clarifying questions about the approach just to make sure they thought it through, that's okay.”(16:30-16:45)

• “You need to treat other people that you work with as partners. View them as partners, not silos, not people who are getting in your way, but actual partners. And the way you change your language with them as a partner will affect the outcomes you get.” (21:51-22:07)

• “The next stage of growth in a career, you have to get comfortable with conflict.” (25:10-25:15)

• “It's very important… that people can trust that what you say is what you mean. And so then it gives you the freedom to share both good and negative feedback. It builds trust rather than breaks trust.” (27:01-27:14)

• “Learning to work on the right things and see what's broken and fix, it is probably the most valuable skillset anybody can bring to a business.”(37:32-37:41)

• “You got to align your people so they know what winning looks like. If they don't know what winning looks like, they're going to choose what they think winning looks like. And it might not be what winning looks like for you.” (41:25-41:25)


Connect with Tessa White

Website: https://doctortessawhite.com/

IG: @jobdoctortessa

Twitter: @jobdoctortessa

TikTok: @jobdoctortessa

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tessawhitejobdoctor


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