Ask nicely, or at least ask at the right time.

4 03 2014

“Any kid will run any errand for you, if you ask at bedtime.” ~Red Skelton

As a corollary, my daughter’s room is never so clean as it is after we’ve told her to study for an exam.  The leadership point here is that all things are relative.  If you have a less fun task that you need a team member to get done, sometimes, timing the request so that it’s more fun than some other task will get buy-in.  Sometimes, rolling up your sleeves and getting started on the job yourself will guilt them into offering to help.  Other times, it shows great leadership just doing the job, instead of delegating it. In other words, “don’t ask someone to do a job you won’t do yourself”.

When you are ready to take the plunge and delegate important tasks, don’t just delegate the painful ones.  Give your team an opportunity to excel at something fun.  When you do delegate important tasks, be sure to follow up early and often.  But that’s a lesson for another day.

Speaking of Bedtime…



Rubes Cartoons used with permission.




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