5 Reasons Managers Are Addicted To “Fixing” – And How To Recover, by Jill Geisler, Poynter.com
I admit it. I’m a recovering fixer. Show me a piece of copy and my fingers get itchy. I crave contact with a keyboard, with a gnawing urge to tweak someone’s writing a little — or maybe a lot.
Then I remind myself of the pledge I took years ago:
‘Remember, Jill. Sit on your hands. Coach, don’t fix.’
I adopted that mantra so I’d have to learn how to help my newsroom staff improve their work without taking away their ownership, responsibility, and too often, their pride in performance. I’d have to learn to teach, not just do. Moreover, I’d need to teach in a way that would help people discover ideas and approaches for themselves, instead of just following instructions from the boss.
Now, in my leadership workshops, when I identify myself as a recovering fixer, I ask if there are any others like me in the room.
I’m never alone.
Many of the aspiring great bosses my workshops say they, too, are hooked on fixing. They’re also the ones who play catch-up on all their other daily duties as they hand-polish the work of others. But it’s become their way of life. Maybe it’s your reality, too.
Why are managers so addicted to fixing? I’ve identified top five reasons: . . . .