Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

This is one of the books I read on vacation. It was a quick read with some good things to say.  There wasn't a whole lot new I learned from the book, but that's more of a testament to how influential this book has been than an indictment of any shortcomings.

My one takeaway is to act mindfully as a manager.  You want to do stewardship delegation as opposed to gopher delegation.  In stewardship delegation, you allow your direct reports to learn and grow.  Gopher delegation is simply having them paint by numbers to implement your vision. I try to do this with my team, but I think I should be more explicit about wanting them to do things on their own and to hold myself back when I feel like I'm making them "gophers".

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