"...He only does what only he should do"
But, though simple as it is, this statement is a source of constant frustration to those being micro-managed. Why can't "he" (and, not to leave out 'she') just go away and let us get our job done? Perhaps he/she doesn't have enough to do, or worse: he/she doesn't know what to do.
It is a fundamental principle of social philosophy, fixed and unchangeable, that one should not withdraw from individuals and commit to the community what they can accomplish by their own enterprise and industry
Here's the general idea and criteria of 'good' un-delegation:
- The action (un-delegation) must be necessary because actions of individuals or teams alone will not achieve the objectives of the action (the sufficiency criterion)
- The action must bring added value over and above what could be achieved by individual or teams alone (the benefit criterion).
- Decisions should be taken as closely as possible to the project team or individual (the close to the individual criterion)
- The action should secure greater freedoms for the individual (the autonomy criterion).
Sufficiency, benefit, closeness, and autonomy: Words to delegate by!
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