Provide Actionable Feedback without Micromanaging – The Balance Challenge for Good Managers (Insight from Laszlo Bock’s Work Rules!)

work-rulesThere is a new book out about Google’s workplace culture: Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead by Laszlo Bock.

Business Insider’s Richard Feloni wrote a column about one important portion of the book: Google’s HR boss says the best managers practice these 9 habits.

Read his full article for nine habits (they are all good), but look especially at these two:

They give actionable feedback that helps their employees improve their performance.
They do not micromanage by getting involved in details that should be handled at other levels.

So, here is the balance – give feedback, actionable feedback, pretty regularly. But, do not micromanage.

It sounds to me like attentive feedback, done right, without leaving the impression of micromanaging, is the challenge for any good manager.

Good advice. And, quite a challenge.


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