What does your inbox say about your management style?

Wednesday July 3rd, 2013, 1:42 pm

What does your inbox tell you about your management style? In Tuesday’s Financial Times, Naomi Shragia wrote a compelling piece about manager’s fear of delegating.  Over the years we have reviewed many  senior manager’s inboxes as part of our smart email management one-to-one coaching and training programmes.  An obvious source of email overload is the higher than

Clean Out Your Inbox 2013

Too much Cc’d = Email Overload

normal volume of Cc’d email.

When asked why there is so much Cc’d email and how much is really necessary the standard reply is along the lines of ‘I need to see what is going on’.  But why if you have a team you trust?  Or perhaps either you don’t really trust your team (be they junior or senior managers) or they don’t believe that you trust them.  Consistently, I have observed a gap between what a manger says is

his style and the reality of business culture. Most managers tell you they delegate and have developed a culture of trust and empowerment.  Few acknowledge to being mico-managers.  Not so judging by the amount of Cc’d email.  If reality matched perceptions, they and their team would make far less use of Cc’d email.

If the culture is one of trust and empowerment, Cc’d emails is only sent either in advance of an impending crisis or to say ‘job done, crisis averted’.  As Shragai points out micro-management styles and a fear of delegating holds back many business and their employees.  Sadly email adds fuel to this fire by encouraging email overload through excessive and unnecessary use of the Cc address line.  Most people already loose one hour a day through email misuse: add to this mico-management and we have another recipe for lost productivity and raised stress levels.

Take a look at your inbox to see just how much Cc’d email is in it. Then ask yourself how much you really need.  How much is vanity and a reflection of your own lack of trust and ability to delegate?  If you need some help to reduce the volume of cc’d email and save you your business time, why not call us and book a one-to-one coaching session.  We guarantee to save you time.  If we don’t we don’t charge you!


if you would like some help reducing the email overload and moving towards a more productive business culture why not call us and ask about our smart email management one-to-one coaching can help you and your business.

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One response to “What does your inbox say about your management style?”

  1. Well said! Unfortunately managers are rarely able to release their CC addiction. I met one impressive exception – see