“I know,” Roger replied. “The reason I don’t delegate more is that I don’t have time to teach the skills in the task. If I stop to teach, the ordeal will take 45 minutes and I will still have to do the work over, anyway. If I just do it myself, I can finish the task in 15 minutes and get on to the next thing.”
“Roger, the last time you took a road trip, did you run out of gas?” I asked.
“Well, no, of course not,” he chuckled.
“But, you were excited about getting on the road, likely in a hurry to get to your destination. Why did you not run out of gas?” I pressed.
“I stopped to fill up before I left town,” his chuckle disappeared.
“As a manager, you don’t have time to teach someone how to complete a task. It’s like running out of gas on a road trip because you didn’t have time to fuel up.”
Roger was silent.
“Why did you fuel up before you left on your road trip?” I wanted to know.
“Because it’s necessary,” Roger’s face was turning red. “It would be stupid to run out of gas because you didn’t have time to fill up.”
“The reason you don’t delegate, is because you haven’t made it necessary in your life as a manager.”