Chris Croft
Tips of the Month Archive

Managing People Tip 5


Who to delegate a task to

Find out about yourself

The Management Potato

Encouraging ideas


Something for your office wall

The unbroken chain

Are you a successful manager?

Monkey rules

What are managers really for?

Person in hole

Getting your hands dirty

Weekly meeting

Some awkward questions

The three Value Disciplines

Captain of the ship


Many people filter incoming work as follows:

1. Can I do it myself?
If too busy or the job is too unpleasant:

2. Can I delegate it?
If not (nobody available, all too busy etc)

3. maybe I can bin it

This doesn't sound too bad, but is actually all the wrong way around.

Try this:

1. Can I bin it?
If not then it's important, so...

2. Can I delegate it to someone?
If not then it really does have to be me who does it (and you can't tell me that there are many jobs in this category, or if there are then you need help!)

3. Oh alright then I'll do it myself.

What do you think? Better?

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