The Art of Delegating – don’t take the monkey!
Only in part. You see, only a few of my self-initiated projects must have your approval before we can allocate costs to them. There are six of these which I'm recommending to you right now."What's the worst that can happen if we postpone settling them for a few weeks?" I counter, bracing myself against incipient assaults from leaping monkeys.
"Not much. As you know, these recommended projects are all our ideas. We are a staff department. No one will miss what they don't know we're planning to do. And they don't know yet. "In that event, I'd like you to go back to your desk and prepare a list of your current work activities. Such an exercise is vital because you'll find that they are of three kinds:
- Exploration of critical problems or promising opportunities.
- Development of proposals for specific courses of action.
- Implementation of specific courses of action (programs and projects).
Also, for each activity put down the authority you have to move ahead. Then you won't have to send me any more memoranda. All you'll have to do is keep this list current by letting me have the revisions as they are required. Is this attractive enough to interest you in the effort?