Every lever of motivation moves in two directions and feeling micromanaged pushes down hard on our autonomy, mastery, purpose and significance levers. No one—not even the micromanager—wants to be micromanaged. Yet micromanagement persists in far too many teams.
You can dismiss it as sentimental pap if you like, but there is a reason we are entertained, drawn in and even challenged by Ebenezer Scrooge’s existential crisis. Our world may not have much in common with Victorian England, but we have a great deal in common with Scrooge.