Recently I was told by a Chinese friend that micromanagement is necessary to run a high performing team in China.
According to her experience, Chinese staff will ONLY do what they've been told to do.
As a person who has never been in a Chinese corporate environment, I don’t know what that looks like.
Most importantly, I am a busy dad with two kids to feed. I simply do not have time to micromanage my staff to check whether their homework is done properly on a daily basis.
…and I've been running my business this way for 8 straight years with no issues.
In fact, my team is getting better and better year after year, and it's amazing to see the changes and value they bring to the company. All WITHOUT constant meddling on my part.
Trust your staff. Treat them like adults.
Create a culture that encourages your staff to be proactive. Involve them in decision making processes. Make them feel valuable.
What are your thoughts? Do you think micromanagement is necessary in Chinese work cultures? In general?