secretly--or not so secretly--believe no one can do a job as well
as you, you're a control freak. Taking over other people's
assignments when they struggle, have a question, or stray off track
is a common symptom. This tendency is destructive to you and to
your team--so get a grip before you begin your next big
Try these four things.
- Share. Outline responsibilities in ways that
maximize individual strengths.
- Communicate. Meet frequently for updates and
to address concerns. Resist the temptation to discard others' ideas
or take over what they're doing. If a team member is genuinely in
trouble, offer guidance but don't take over.
- Assess. If you sincerely feel someone needs
you to step in, take a look at what's really going on. Is it an
isolated incident, or an ongoing issue? If you can objectively say
that the person needs help, then help--but don't take over.
- Release. A tendency to take over means you're
doing more and more. Take stock of projects or responsibilities
you've taken over. If 20 percent or more of your total job is
working on "takeovers," you're on the fast track to burnout. Start
reassigning or eliminating--and don't fill the empty slots with