Back In My Lap

“I don’t know,” Julio replied. “I try to delegate as often as I can, but it always ends up, back in my lap.”

“Does it seem like you delegate things to your team on Monday and then your team delegates back to you on Wednesday?” I asked.

“I never thought about it that way, but you’re right. It’s almost like reverse delegation. They get stuck with a problem, come to me for help and before you know it, they are out the door with their project on my desk.”

“How does that happen?” I pressed.

3 thoughts on “Back In My Lap

  1. Edi Holderman

    This made me think of a Harvard Business Review article from 1999. It’s title is “Management Time: Who’s Got the Monkey?” It’s speaks to the managerial art called “The Care and Feeding of Monkeys.” It’s also a great visual – if you imagine folks walking around with monkeys on their backs.


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