Micro-management, the slow death of staff morale, productivity, and staff engagement

✅Are you a control freak?

✅Do you always want to know what everyone in your team is up to every minute of every day?

✅Does it stress you out when your team arrives late at work or if you don’t physically see them in the new hybrid environment?

✅Do you stress that your team might need to perform or work harder, and you find yourself constantly checking up on them, and then you need to work late at night to get to your job?

✅Can you switch off when you take a holiday, or do you find yourself on weekends and holidays on MS Teams or texting your team to hear if the business is not burning?

✅Do you say the most in meetings that your team also takes the lead, offering their initiatives and being proactive with ideas?

If you answered yes to these, you might be a micro-manager.

✅Micro-management is when you, as a leader, want excessive control over your team. Usually, this type of manager closely monitors their team and rarely gives them responsibility and autonomy to make any decisions themselves.

✅When you micromanage, your team needs more job satisfaction; they struggle to grow professionally, which can lead to stress, burnout, and resignations.

✅In this Keynote or Virtual Keynote, we will demystify micro-management and give you new ways of managing and leading that can reduce stress levels, increase team trust, and increase staff morale and engagement.

Where does Micro-management come from?

Micro-management comes from the old idea that staff don’t want to work and must be chased with a stick to ensure they do their work. This is where the carrot and stick mindset comes from; we need to give them carrots(incentives, bonuses, increases); otherwise, they won’t move. Yet many Purpose-driven companies, with Heart-centred leadership, can create motivation, responsibility, and accountability in their teams without constantly throwing money at them.

In this 60-minute talk, we will explore:

✅why you, as a leader and part of the leadership team, should transition from micro-managing your teams to adopting a leadership style that inspires your team to follow you willingly. This shift fosters a more positive work environment and boosts productivity and morale.

✅We will delve into case studies of companies that have successfully increased their staff morale and productivity through heart-centered leadership, earning them the title of: ‘the best company to work for.’ These success stories serve as a beacon of inspiration and a testament to the power of transformative leadership.

As many of Yoke’s past delegates have learned, you will walk away with the following:

✅New strategies to motivate and inspire your team using Dan Pink’s motivation theory

✅You will build your team’s ability to be proactive and take responsibility

✅You will build your assertiveness and create healthy boundaries with your team

✅Instead of being reactive, you will learn how to provide guidelines and support to your team

✅You will learn the importance of trust, psychological safety, and open communication

✅You will learn how to become a teacher and coach and learn lessons from Top Gun Maverick

Yoke van Dam has been called the Kintsugi queen™ because of her ability to join, repair, and transform teams into something quite wonderful. Her work is like Kintsugi, the Japanese art form that mends broken pottery with gold. Yoke works with teams that may have become disjointed, to reconnect and find their flow again. This approach helps leaders stay optimistic when they encounter flaws and missteps in their organizations, leading them to the gold at the ‘end of the rainbow.’ As a qualified behavioral change coach with verifiable in-the-eld experience (2000+ team members, 2 300+ hours training, and 350+ coaching hours) she’s eminently suited to uncover the real issues holding teams back. Her hard-won experience (15 years) and tried and tested high-performance processes have seen even the most underperforming and fractured teams join together and become stronger and more remarkable.

She works with leaders who want to effectively articulate and communicate their vision so that their teams buy into it and are prepared to follow them to hell and back to make sure that vision is achieved, as well as new, untested leaders who need a strong foundational roadmap of how to work with and lead teams to successful outcomes.

Her advisory, speaking, and coaching work empowers leaders and teams to create meaningful workspaces by tapping into their purpose and enhancing human connection. She empowers leaders and teams with confidence and influence, to find their flow and develop a growth mindset. She focuses on Leadership Development, Culture, Emotional intelligence, time management, Negotiation, Communication, and Presentation skills.

Her clients have been as diverse as sales executives, business leaders and owners, customer service agents, marketers, lawyers, engineers, and accountants. She has covered industries from automotive, retail, manufacturing, and engineering to advertising, publishing, legal, and academic. She is the founder of Y-Connect and a Professional member of the Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa (PSASA).

Here are a few of her Leadership development testimonials from her work done in Dubai in 2023:

“It was an honor and a great opportunity to attend the leadership program with Yoke. It was a very meaningful and insightful interactive workshop. I learned new leadership skills, effective coaching skills, leading high team performance, and much more. It was one of a kind” –Ahmed Mahmoud, National Bonds, Dubai.

“I had the pleasure of participating in Yoke van Dam’s leadership development program, and it was a game-changer. Yoke’s expertise in leadership, emotional intelligence, and team transformation is unmatched. Her program covers crucial topics and provides practical insights that have significantly improved my leadership skills. I highly recommend Yoke to anyone looking to elevate their leadership abilities and drive positive change in their organization” Muneer VV, Associate Director Digital Solutions

“I have just completed a two-day of Leadership development training led by the amazing Yoke van Dam. These sessions have provided us with a wealth of insights and discoveries, igniting our path toward excellence. Grateful to our HR team for providing an incredible opportunity for professional and personal growth” Mahesh Mohan, Business Process Transformation Dubai

Written by Yoke van Dam