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June 10, 2004


When the going gets tough
you should do
is your old job

God, we’ve all done it. Things are grim, I’d better muck in…

No. That’s the last thing you should do.

You can delegate the coding work - pay people overtime if you have to. But you can’t delegate the management part. If you stop doing that, then *nobody* is managing the team, and things will spin out of control.

The other consequence of “oh, I’ll just look after the design of the homepage” is that you instantly lose your perspective.

And Perspective Is One Of The Most Important Things A Manager Needs To Have.

Do everything you can to hang on to it - your staff need you to make sensible decisions while they’re in the thick of it.

Also, if things are that damn busy that you feel the need to get involved, it goes to show there’s even more stuff that needs you to have perspective on.

Okay, lets take a look at some of the real howlers in people management…

Posted by Tom Dolan at June 10, 2004 04:34 PM

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