This past summer a friend of mine started a new job in the building trade. He had never worked in construction before and the job required him to move all the way from his home town, where he had lived for several years, to a new location. He was excited to move to a new city that had a lot of exciting career opportunities and a different climate. But then he said to himself, “I’m going to move half of my belongings to my new city.
The first thing he did was to move all his belongings from his home to his new job. Because he was a bit of a hoarder, he left some of his furniture, computers, and electronics in his old apartment, some of which he had no intention of ever bringing back. Then he started packing boxes to move everything.
We’ve seen him in his new apartment packing boxes, but the fact that the whole thing takes place in his apartment makes the action feel fresh and new. The only thing that wasn’t new was the fact that he had to move so many things (including his cats), and he didn’t know where the new places would be, so he was busy packing away.
This is a small but very interesting example of the way micr is always in our heads and that it is very rarely the problem. It is a real problem for our industry to have so many people working with so many different kinds of media. With so much to learn and so little time to learn it is easy for us to get stuck in old patterns and think we know what we are doing.
With so much to think about, and so little time to really do it, we often fall for “old school” industry patterns, like hiring people who have a “job” and then getting them to do things that are only temporary, and then firing them. This is very similar to what micr is doing right now.
micr is a micromanager, the person who creates, writes, and manages a person’s day-to-day tasks and responsibilities. Like many other human beings, micr has a day job that has nothing to do with the rest of the person’s life. The micromanager is someone who has a job but has little free time to really use to get to know the person, and so micr is really good at giving orders and micromanaging.
Micr is a micromanager because micr is a micromanager. The micromanager has an extremely short attention span. He is unable to take in what the micromanaged person is doing, so he takes on tasks that are done only by the micromanaged person.
The way micr works is that you go into a store and a particular task is not going to be done until the micromanager shows up and says, “Okay, I think you can do this” or “I think you can do this” or “I think you can do this now” (but a micromanager can’t say, “I think you can do this now”).
micr is a lot like the way that people talk. It becomes a habit that we don’t always pay attention to because we’re too busy doing something else. So a micromanager will say, I think you can do that now, I’m going to check on the inventory and if it’s not there, then I’m going to need to take something off the shelves.
Micromanagers are those people who think that they know more than they actually do. As a general rule, you shouldn’t micromanage anything you do on your own, but you will need to keep your micromanagers in mind when doing something that requires their input.