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

Seeing It Like It Really Is

I now realize that George, Mike, Valerie and Dave are not working for me; I'm working for them. I stand in awe of the fullness of that revelation as it hits me all at once. I now realize that if I do any of the things that I came to the office to do, I would only make matters worse. I recall Dr. B. F. Skinner's principle that "any form of behaviour that you reward you will reinforce." There­fore, if I go ahead now and make for George the decisions he has given me to make (thereby re­warding his initiative-surrendering behaviour), what will happen to the frequency and the difficulty of the future decisions he brings me to make? They will increase.  

Escape to Freedom

I know that any time I spend doing things my subordinates think I'm supposed to do will only exacerbate the situation. Therefore, of all the places that I might well be this weekend, my office is the most disastrous of all. So I snap my briefcase shut with the precision of a man who's seen a vision upon a mountain top. I run down that hallway with such speed that the weekend janitor says to me, "Fred, where are you running in such a hurry?" And I say to him, "My speed is not explained by where I'm going. It is explained by where I'm leaving." Down those stairs I go hitting every sixth step. Then out that door, into the car, and I drive out of that parking lot in a random direction of the compass as fast as I can go. Ten minutes later I am outside town; I don't know where I am; I don't know where I'm going; I even have no plans for the weekend.
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