"If a leader is micro-managing they will fail because it is impossible to focus on the bigger picture and to micro-manage at the same time. You are either in the weeds of detail or you are managing a department. Also if you have an employee that needs to be micro-managed you should be contemplating how your success can be limited by this, "says Brush.
"In my experience, interviewing dissatisfied employees, this might be the #1 thing that drives talent out the door, and not just IT people. I hear this complaint often," says Burns. How to Become a Better Leader
Some CIOs say you shouldn’t train employees too soon: They’ll get too good too fast, and they’ll leave.
I disagree. I want my employees to work on interesting things from the beginning. We’ve got young people who arrived without much experience now running major projects. They couldn’t do that at GM. If they do leave, they’ll leave on good terms and will advocate for us in the market. Top CIOs Keep Their Attention on Staff Retention
learn about what economists call “sunk costs.” If I give someone $100 on Monday, and he spends $50 on candy, he’ll probably regret that purchase on Tuesday. In a way, he’ll still think of himself as a guy with $100—half of which is wasted.
What he really is is a guy with $50, just as he would be if I’d handed him a fifty-dollar bill. A sunk cost from yesterday should not be part of today’s equation. What he should be thinking is this: “What should I do with my $50?”
What you are isn’t a person who has wasted 27 years. You are a person who has X number of years ahead of you. What are you going to do with them? I am in my late 20s and feel I have wasted a lot of time. Is it too late?