DELEGATION: GIVING IT TO GEORGE
AND GEORGINA TO DO
“To be good is noble, but to teach others how to be
good is nobler—and much less trouble. “
Subordinates are clever. If you don't watch out, they'll delegate their work to you. They do it so deftly you stagger away without knowing what hit you. This upward delegation is double murder to time managers because (1) it keeps them from assigning work that should be delegated, and (2) they walk away with the added burden of their employee's work.
Here's how it happens. You walk down the hall and meet subordinate Andy Morrison. “Good morning,” Andy says. “By the way, we've got a problem. You see …”
He explains it. You know (1) enough about the project to get worried, but (2) not enough to make an on-the-spot decision. So you say, “Glad you brought this up. I'm in a rush right now. Let me think about it and I'll let you know.”
Before you two met, the monkey was on Andy's back. After you parted, it was on your back. Subordinate-imposed time begins the moment a monkey