Chronic Micromanagement -- Advice for Making a Fresh Start Drawn from the Research of Donna Hartney, Ph.D., Author of “Aha” Moment Self-Help Book

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While certain situations warrant close supervision, micromanagement can squelch productivity, motivation, and employee development. Donna Hartney, Ph.D. and “aha” moment self-help book author, offers advice for overcoming the micromanagement urge.

The AHA! Handbook: How to spark the insights that will transform your life and career, the first researh-based self-help book to teach readers how to generate life-changing insights

Donna Hartney describes her "aha" moment research in her book The AHA! Handbook.

“When leaders know that micromanagement isn’t the answer but find themselves unable to choose otherwise, an "aha" moment can deliver a new perspective and a willingness to let go,” says Hartney.

While certain situations warrant close supervision, micromanagement can squelch productivity, motivation, and employee development. The situation can lead to a vicious cycle: The more a leader micromanages, the less likely an employee is to take proactive action. Donna Hartney, Ph.D. and self-help book author, offers advice--drawn from her “aha” moment research--for overcoming the micromanagement urge.

“When leaders know that micromanagement isn’t the answer but find themselves unable to choose otherwise, an "aha" moment can deliver a new perspective and a willingness to let go,” says Hartney, author of the self-help book titled The AHA! Handbook: How to spark the insights that will transform your life and career.

“My research has shown that we can proactively prime ourselves for pivotal moments of clarity,” Hartney continues and offers leaders advice for doing so in order to overcome their micromanagement tendencies:

  • Become a keen observer. Notice the situations in which micromanaging is impossible to resist. What is the context? Who is involved? What is at stake? How has past over-management contributed to creating the current situation?
  • Notice personal reactions to the situation. When the urge to micromanage is strongest, pay attention to the thoughts, the emotions, and the knee-jerk reactions that are triggered by the situation.
  • Be curious about observations. Ask questions about personal reactions to the situation and what those reactions say about the assumptions that have been made. Asking questions will prime the subconscious mind to work on answers that will likely be delivered in a flash of insight.
  • Be willing to let go. A pivotal insight by definition is a flash of clarity about the reality of the situation. Adopting a new reality may require letting go of something once thought to be true and important. Be willing to see things differently for therein resides the possibility of a transformational “aha” moment.
  • Get back to work. “Aha” moments usually arrive out of the blue—often in the midst of doing something else, somewhere else. So relax and get back to work.

The AHA! Handbook is the first research-based self-help book to teach readers how to prime themselves for life-changing insights. The book counters conventional wisdom, which holds that momentous, life-altering “aha” moments are rare events outside a person’s control and is based on Hartney’s analysis of 99 published, first-hand accounts of life-changing insights. The book is published by Clarenell Press, LLC and is available in bookstores nationwide. Learn more at http://www.donna-hartney.com/book-2/.

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