Micro-micro manager

May 30, 2007, 7:58 PM UTC

A reader from Ohio writes:

Let’s face it… some people are just not cut out to be a boss. My dilemma comes from years of having a hands-off boss and thriving in making my company millions of dollars by being self directed.

After a down-sizing, I now work for a micro-micro manager. I actually think I am now 2″ shorter then when I first started working for him, from being told how to do everything. My job is 10 times harder when installing systems because the installation is also micro managed and I need a list just to remind myself of all the pieces and changes I have to make a system complete.

If that isn’t enough, I work on a team which does not even come close to team work. We work in silos, everyone for themselves. So there is an abundance of tribal knowledge and they are keeping it to themselves.

In the 2.5 years that I have been with this company I have not seen any projects that help the company, it’s customers or their associates.

The weird side is hearing him tell a story about how he was in Boston and saw a running marathon about to start. He hurried back to his hotel and changed into shorts and tennis shoes. Then registered to be in the race. The race begins and he runs about a mile when he noticed all the runners are women. He was running in a woman’s race!!!

I have never seen a manager promote himself as much as mine does. I am now one of the lucky few who has nothing to do while at work other than busy work and look for another opportunity.

What do you think? Is this boss crazy?