Micromanaging often gets a bad rap, but sometimes it's necessary, writes Christine Riordan, a management professor at the University of Denver. For example, closer management might be needed when a project fails to move forward. Still, "always be careful not to stay too long in the details of another's work. If your close supervision is needed for a very long stretch, you may not have the right employee or leader in place for the assigned workload," she writes.

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