Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Delegation: it's super.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Okay, this one hit *way* too close to home... :(

David said...

I don't get it. The more you trust others, the less late nights you work? The less you trust others, the more late nights you work? Are the dependent and independent variables meant to be switched?

Serge said...

David may be correct. I think it would make more sense if it was "the more late nights you work"=x and "the more you trust others"=y.
I've found myself working late nights often, and I think I trusted the folks I worked with there more than some of the folks I worked with when the sun was out.

Anonymous said...

I'm pretty sure she's making a comment on how lack of trust leads you to try to do everything on your own and therefore leads to more late nights at work.

Jose said...

I think for this graph,
trust = delegation of responsibilities

Michael Hannemann said...

I agree with Anonymous in comment #4. If you can say "other people can do an OK job of this, I don't have to do it all myself", then you'll spend fewer late nights trying to carry the weight of the world on your shoulders.

feather said...

Except for when you have no one to delegate to. You can't trust people who don't exist. (If only they'd hire some more people in my group...!)

NutellaonToast said...

People that don't exist are the most easily trusted.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I agree that the comment made here is that the more you trust others and their ability to accomplish tasks, the less time you spend obsessively doing everything yourself. Conversely, if you trust in everyone else to do the work, then you will be going home early ("Oh, they'll get it to done without me.")

David said...

Ah, I understand now. That makes more sense. I could see myself staying late, finishing everything myself because I don't trust anyone else to do it.

Victor said...

I occasionally work late, not because I don't trust my team, but because I don't want to impose on them by asking them to work beyond normal business hours. Why do I work late? Because other people give me things at the last minute when deadlines are non-negotiable. It's just the nature of the business.

Anonymous said...

You must know the former team lead at my place! He was the one-man army. I just coordinate stuff, but much more work is getting done.

Matt said...

Or, x = size of paycheck

 
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