Monthly Archives: August 2009
Delegating is a tricky thing. As someone who knows exactly how it’s suppose to be done, it’s not easy to watch other people try to do it their own way. Hiccups will come out at first. There will be temptations to takeover and do it yourself.
A good leader delegates well. And one who prefers doing things him/herself to avoid the discomforts of watching others make mistakes as they learn, is clearly not ready to take the helm.
I’ve just finished reading Dale Carnegie’s “How to Win Friends and Influence People”. It surprises me that the book was written in 1934. That’s 75 years ago. Apparently, as opposed to business, psychology is an area where theories last longer.
This book offer still-very-relevant theories on how to make the best out of a human interaction, in a positive sense that is. At the end of the day, I think the key word that Mr. Dale’s trying to convey is “empathy”.
Evidently, “empathy” is an underrated quality in working environment. I believe that anyone who’s mastered it well, will go a long long way. Try it.
…is to avoid making decisions.
Leave it to your co-worker, boss, or even your staff. It’s much much more convenient just be the one to criticize in the end.
Making a hard decision is painstaking and risky. But then again, why let someone else enjoy the thrill? :)