Delegate Problems and Outcomes, Not Tasks

I encourage managers to delegate work. When managers insert themselves into the middle of the work, these problems occur: Managers slow the team down. Managers prevent people from learning. Managers don’t do their management work. That environment creates problems for everyone. Then I read Elisabeth Hendrickson’s Delegation is Overrated. I realized two things: Some managers …

Taking a Vacation Soon? Read This

If you are planning a vacation, read my next management myth, Management Myth #7: I Am too Valuable to Take a Vacation. It doesn’t matter where you are in the organization, you need to take a vacation. And, you need to totally remove yourself from the day-to-day grind when you do. Read it.

Tips for Passing the Baton

by Johanna Rothman. This article was originally published in Software Development Magazine, February 2002. Sometimes, multitasking runs amok. If you’re suffocating under piles of paperwork or controlling your staff’s every action, you need help: Learn to delegate duties and regain your focus as a manager. Once you’ve made the transition from engineer to technical lead, …