Twelve Best Ways to Make Your Employees Hate You: #1

  1. Control everything.  People are basically not very smart and should not be left to their own devices to make mistakes you will have to deal with.   You do not want to spend your days cleaning up their messes.  The easiest way to avoid that is to concentrate on the “Three Ps”, meaning policy, process, and procedures.    That means you will need to make sure that all activities that even remotely nibble around the edges of any of these things come through you first.  You have read all about the “empowerment” theory, and like many management theories, it sounds better than it works.  Perhaps someday, when your people are smarter, you will think about it.  No promises though.  For now, you want to see everything and sign off on everything.   

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