The Difference Between Empowerment and Dumping

http://www.mackdumptruck.net/wp-content/uploads/Mack-Granite-Dump-Truck.jpgAny manager worth their salt can tell you that it is important to delegate. The problem is that many managers dump tasks on their subordinates.

In hockey a great passer gives the puck to his teammates in an advantageous position. The players with the most assists know how to place the puck in a spot where their teammates can score.

Poor players hang on to the puck until they get in a bad spot and dump the puck off to their teammates when they get in trouble. NHL rookies learn quick from the veterans not to dump the puck in their own corner in such a way that their teammates get their clock cleaned clearing it out.

Often times managers will dump tasks or projects on their subordinates without proper guidance or resources to accomplish it. The good manager will make sure the outcomes are clear and that the person has the understanding, ability and resources to be successful - that's empowerment.

To understand this it helps to flip the traditional paradigm of a subordinate working for a manager. If the manager perceives their role as working for their employees then they will do what it takes to make their subordinates successful. You can tell a good manager by how successful their employees are.

Good managers know how to truly empower their workers, not just dump problems on them.

How do you manage your employees? Do you dump or empower?

BOOK: 188 Business Tips (and 300 Questions) to Get Your Brain Juices Flowing

I just published another book. How am I churning these out so quickly? Well I have been writing and blogging for a few years and have a ton of content. I just decided to get off the couch and get it organized and formatted for a book or two.

This book is unlike any other I have written. It started as a blog to boost your business thinking and contains a few tricks and tips I have learned over the years.

I call this a bathroom book. It is filled with quick, easy to read entries that don't take a lot of time or committment. Please let me know what you think in the comments.

 

Topic:
Business Thinking

Author:
Michael Daehn

Summary:
This book contains 188 tips and over 300 questions to help spur your business thinking and get your brain juices flowing.

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