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Chieh Huang, co-founder and CEO of Boxed, offers important words of wisdom to all who aspire to ascend to the lofty heights of management. Through concrete examples punctuated with self-deprecating humor, Huang describes how micromanagement crushes employees’ souls and robs corporations of creative insights. So if a promotion makes you feel like control is slipping from your grasp, heed Huang’s advice: Don’t micromanage; trust.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why managers fall into the habit of micromanaging and
  • Why trust is the only cure for micromanagement.

About the Speaker

Entrepreneur Chieh Huang is the co-founder and CEO of Boxed, a wholesale retailer and distribution company.



Micromanagement is the practice of hiring talented people and then stripping them of their ability to employ their skills and creativity. Micromanagers control even the most tedious aspects of their employees’ jobs, such as what font size they use, for example. Employees subjected to this management style often suffer from exhaustion, as constant scrutiny creates a tiring work environment. One study found that employees who lacked control over their jobs felt more fatigued than even the most active workers.

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