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The art of delegation

David Parmenter explores the benefits of good delegation for managers, employees and businesses as a whole.

I was once a contractor for a CEO, let’s call him Chris, who had to be the worst CEO I have ever worked for. Chris was a trained lawyer and, stereotypically, one who thought their way of writing was the best. That is why there are so many rewrites when you get two lawyers engaged in a divorce agreement, and why the bills are so exorbitant.

Chris would receive a draft report written by an employee who, at the very least, had three years of tertiary experience and perhaps even a doctorate. No matter how knowledgeable they were, or how well the report was written, Chris would revise it, often into the early hours of the morning. As a consequence, staff started to ease up on their standards as they knew the rewrite was a foregone conclusion. Chris was always taking care of the monkey.

This is an extract from the Business & Management Magazine, Issue 270, December/January 2018.

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