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Managing a Micromanager


When it comes to dealing with a micromanaging boss, you have two choices, says Bud Whitehouse, of Career Management of Virginia: Run away or embrace it. Assuming you like your job and the company, the latter is preferred.

Rachel Farrell, Special to CareerBuilder

Imagine being an executive at a company and hardly having a say in the day-to-day operations. Imagine everyone in the company having to get clearance from the CEO for every decision, down to the colors and fonts used on an advertisement -- despite that each department has a manager.


Now imagine this process for a CEO who constantly traveled and had sporadic work hours. The entire staff, executives included, spending the entire workday (sometimes more) sitting around a conference room sealing, stamping and stuffing more than 4,000 invitations because the CEO doesn't trust outside vendors to precisely place the stamps.  Better yet, imagine designing a cover with someone standing over your shoulder telling you exactly where to place each item.


The above was reality -- literally -- for Tamara Allen, who worked at a publishing company with the above micromanager for four years.