Our Corporate Life
August 24, 2010   •   Volume 1, Issue 17   •   ISSN: 2154-3240    
In This Issue
♦  Feature Article: Self Delegation
Ask Amanda: My teammate "hoards" work…what can I do?
♦  Practical Tips: Maintain External Networks
Self Delegation

As a manager, you have a responsibility to determine the best person for the job at hand. High achievers by definition can do many things well. Which is why they often resist or have difficulty delegating to others—they believe, often rightly so, that they can do projects better than their subordinates. But that’s not managing, that’s competing.

The “best” person for the job is not necessarily the person who can do it better. Heresy, you say? Consider this…  read more

Thought to Ponder One who rows the boat generally doesn’t have time to rock it.
Practical Tips: Maintain External Networks

When people get busy at work one of the first things to fall off their lists is maintaining and developing their external network. The world shrinks to their current company, close family, and friends as work consumes more of their lives. This is counterproductive for many reasons...  read more

 ask Amanda
Question: My teammate "hoards" work because she's concerned about keeping her job. But then her workload leaves her stressed and others underutilized. What can I do?
-V.R., Charlottesville, VA
Amanda Mitchell

Before I answer your question I would caution you to be careful about assigning “reasons” to her behavior. When we witness behavior that appears irrational, the natural tendency is to create a “story” about why the behavior is occurring. While it may be that your teammate does, in fact, fear for her job, drawing this conclusion without knowing the whole situation can lead to even more misunderstandings.  read more

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