Makarios Consulting Blog

Micromanaging Is Never Your Job

Recently, Don Tinney, co-founder of the Entrepreneurial Operating System® (EOS®), published a blog on the dangers of micromanagement. Don noted that in quarterly update meetings, leaders sometimes want to drill deeply into details about a project’s status, rather than simply ask if the project is on track or off track. The blog concludes with the … Continue reading Micromanaging Is Never Your Job

Micromanagement Is A Recipe for Poor Performance

Most leaders will admit that micromanaging damages the effectiveness of a team. Yet a good portion of those same leaders will micromanage their teams every day. Why? Leaders don’t micromanage because they are ogres intent upon making their team members’ lives miserable. Leaders micromanage because they are unwilling to truly delegate. Here’s how it works. … Continue reading Micromanagement Is A Recipe for Poor Performance

Two Approaches to Executing Change

Let’s assume that a certain change has to take place in your business. What will you do? How will you introduce and execute the change? There are two methods you can use: the Hammer Approach or the Commitment Approach. The method you pick should depend on the kind of change you want to implement. Hammer … Continue reading Two Approaches to Executing Change

Pick a Style: The Five Types of Leadership

When it comes to leading effectively, learning to choose the right leadership style is everything. Depending on personality, circumstance, and goals, we need to understand which style is suitable for the situation at hand. Two highly regarded leadership academics, Robert Blake and Jane Mouton, have identified the five leadership styles: Bureaucratic, Supportive, Directive, Traditional, and … Continue reading Pick a Style: The Five Types of Leadership

First Impressions and the Feedback Statement

Feedback is a powerful tool in the communication process. We define the “feedback statement” as the first one or two sentences spoken by the person giving the feedback, which explain to the recipient why the conversation is taking place. Think of a feedback statement as a first impression. That first impression is difficult to shake, … Continue reading First Impressions and the Feedback Statement

It’s Always Been a Matter of Trust

In our work with leaders around the globe we continually emphasize how crucial it is for leaders to build trust with their followers. Without trust, leaders are unable to build strong relationships, keep followers engaged, or establish a shared vision for the future. In a recent employee survey we conducted for one of our clients, … Continue reading It’s Always Been a Matter of Trust