Learning to Let Go & The Perils of Micro Management

Veteran comedic actor and National Car Rental Spokesperson Patrick Warburton says it well when he opens a TV spot by saying “I’ve been called a control freak; I like to think of myself as more of a control enthusiast”, he then goes on to taste his coffee and proclaim it to be a “perfect 177 degrees”. Control “enthusiasts” are often equated with micromanaging in the workplace. People who micromanage consistently pay an inordinate amount of attention to details that are better left to their subordinates and they always do so with the same level of intensity and scrutiny regardless of the situation. They typically over-manage and are deemed to be persistently controlling. The impact can be sti

Building Tomorrow’s Leaders Today!

Mathieu was one of 16 business leaders at a leadership retreat asked to think about the characteristics of effective leaders in 10 to 15 years. The group aged 30 to 55, all very accomplished leaders who were collectively managing thousands of employees and multimillion dollar budgets, were struggling to identify the capabilities that will be required to lead their organisations in the future. Not only could they not identify leadership of the future, they were doing little about building future leadership capability today. It dawned on them that they needed to be building tomorrow’s leaders by investing in younger workers; the very same employees that many of them were struggling to understa