The Art of Delegating – don’t take the monkey!
The Other SubordinatesIn the above description Fred dealt with only one of his subordinates, George, as he illustrated the contrast between his amateur and professional behaviour as a manager. But he has four other staff managers - Ms. A, Mr. B, Mr. C, and Mr. D.
Before Fred's conversion to a "pro" he was the rankest of amateur. But so were George and A, B, and C. They surrendered their own freedom by allowing their monkeys to leap onto Fred's back, and he as an amateur was helpless to prevent their doing it. Mister D, on the other hand, was a "pro."Here's how Fred describes these four subordinates and how his conversion affected them. The descriptions of A, B, and C will give you some valuable pointers on how to coach your subordinates up their freedom scales. The description of Mr. D illustrates something perhaps even more valuable to you - a professional manager in action, moving up the freedom scale with an amateur boss.