Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Dear Manager - Please Delegate

Some managers do not delegate work to their sub-ordinates, why?

  1. Manager has no patience to teach his sub-ordinates on how to do some of the stuffs.
  2. Manager simply doesn’t trust his sub-ordinates.
  3. He thinks he will lose the control of the department, as he cannot keep up with – “what is happening?” kind of stuff
  4. Some managers hesitate to delegate thinking that, what his subordinates will think of him – “he just dumps everything on us and browses eBay all after-noon”
  5. Manager thinks the sub-ordinates are not intellectually capable of handling the work.

While manager is one who has capability, maturity, strong business sense and can play the role of a mentor. If this is what manager is then he should not be worried about any of the above.

As a manager you should trust your sub-ordinates and have full faith in them and depend on them, else your boss will ask you – What is your productivity, with 7-8 members under you? And you will have no answer.

Many a times, you will face situations where you think, its better you do it yourself instead of teaching your subordinate, just because you don’t have time and patience to deal with, you cannot slip away from taking the role of a “mentor”. You have to develop that quality of being patient and teach your sub-ordinates. Teaching and making your sub-ordinates more productive is the best time-investment that can count on.

You should keep tab on what is going on in your department to the extent of what is happening, it’s not necessary to understand how it being done. You simply cannot keep account of every piece that happens within the department. It’s like driving the car at its optimal speed, whenever there is some noise or you suspect some performance issue, you need to open the hood and check it out. As a manger you should be spending more time on thinking how to improve the effectiveness of the team rather than looking each individuals tasks and taking account of them.

Yes manager has to browse the world (not eBay) to gain knowledge and develop new thoughts or ideas. However do not forget your sub-ordinates (your team) have more ready ideas and thoughts that can directly affect your team’s effectiveness. So first listen to them and see if you can materialize them.

Read the above paragraphs above about your personnel development again. You have to give knowledge, capabilities and have to trust your team and that’s the way you can develop some level of independence within the team. Do not paralyze your team by making it dependent on you for every decision that you make for them, soon you will be the bottleneck and you will be in stress.

About Me

By profession I am a Database Administrator (DBA) with total 13 yrs. of experience in the field of Information Technology, out of that 9 yrs as SQL DBA and last 3 years in IBM System i/iSeries and DB2 LUW 9. I have handled Developer, plus production support roles, and I like both the roles. I love and live information technology hence the name "Techonologyyogi" Apart from that I am a small, retail investor, with small investments in India and United States in the form of Equity holdings via common stocks. Don't ask me if I have made money, I have been loosing money in stocks.