“So, you are telling me the key-ring has nothing to do with keys?” I asked.
“No more than an open door policy has anything to do with the door,” Ryan replied. “I had to figure out what tasks I need to self-perform and what is necessary to delegate to other team members.”
“And, how do you make that decision?”
“Ultimately, I am accountable for the output, as the manager, but who completes the task depends on the task. I make that decision based on the target completion time. If the target completion time of the task is short, like a day, a week, or a month, the task is a candidate for delegation. If the target completion time of the task is longer, like a year, it may be necessary that I remain heavily involved.”
“So,” I confirmed, “whether you keep the key, or delegate the key depends on the time span of the task.”