The Art of Delegating – don’t take the monkey!

The Next Week

On the next Monday we review her latest effort together. The six proposals for which she wants approval stand out clearly for they are each marked "Category C. Authority 3." Impatiently she points them out to me. "Dictate a memorandum authorizing us to go ahead on these pro­posed projects so we can assign project numbers to them for accounting purposes." "I have no basis for either approving or disapproving them." I reply. "They look like worthy efforts, all right. But will they be worth the cost? Is the timing right? Are there better places to put our money?"  

“I'd like you to take each of these six proposals and prepare a separate one-page 'Proposal for Action' for each one, following this simple outline:

  1. Statement of the Problem or Opportunity
  2. Facts Bearing Upon It
  3. Discussion
  4. Conclusion
  5. Recommendation
  6. Action Document (for my signature)

Come back next Monday with only those that you feel will provide me with all I need either to approve them or disapprove them without having to ask additional questions.''

"It's a tall order," she replies as she gets up and leaves. As always, I reach for my appointment calendar and on it note my date with Ms. A. Forgetting to do this could be as disastrous as failure to dodge a monkey.
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