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American Association for Physician Leadership
American Association for Physician Leadership

Are You Micromanaging Your Team? How to Find Out and How to Stop

by Laura Hills, DA

June 8, 2017


This article provides guidance on recognizing micromanagement and addressing problems related to micromanagement.


No medical practice manager wants to be a micromanager. It usually is difficult, however, to recognize when we are micromanaging employees. This article explains why well-intentioned managers sometimes slip into micromanagement, offering five of the most common reasons. It describes the differences between management and micromanagement, and suggests 10 strategies you can use to rid yourself of the micromanagement habit. It addresses what to do if you suspect that an employee needs micromanagement, and offers 10 signs that you are indeed micromanaging your team. This article also describes 10 of the most challenging problems that are likely to result when an employee feels that he or she is being micromanaged. It provides an seven-step strategy for anyone working in the medical practice who feels that he or she is being micromanaged. Finally, this article provides a quiz to help medical practice managers identify and assess their micromanaging tendencies.

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Laura Hills, DA

Practice leadership coach, consultant, author, seminar speaker, and President of Blue Pencil Institute, an organization that provides educational programs, learning products, and professionalism coaching to help professionals accelerate their careers, become more effective and productive, and find greater fulfillment and reward in their work;100 Harborview Drive, #801, Baltimore, MD 21230; phone: 667-205-1152; e-mail:; website: ; Twitter: @DrLauraHills.

For over 45 years.

The American Association for Physician Leadership has helped physicians develop their leadership skills through education, career development, thought leadership and community building.

The American Association for Physician Leadership (AAPL) changed its name from the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) in 2014. We may have changed our name, but we are the same organization that has been serving physician leaders since 1975.


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