Bless me Mark and Mike for I have sinned.
Two months ago, I delegated a pretty big ball to one of my directs as more or less a "coaching" assignment. When status was given it was fine....all the time. I failed to follow up. When deadlines were missed, I gave feedback but failed to watch closer or recognize that my man was drowning. I knew this was a stretch for my direct and let other things distract my attention from keeping my eye on the big ball I delegated to him. I threw him into the deep side of the pool and walked away. I just figured everyone learns how to swim....eventually.
He dropped that ball, the project is late and I feel like I let him down. Some coach I am huh?
OK. I'm done with self flagellation. Please forgive me, I was educated in the Catholic schools system and guilt is my thing.
What do I do? Do I apologize to him? I already did my mia culpa to the client...They actually told me to blame it on their scope changes.....LOL. Do I give him more feedback? Do I take the assignment away from him and do it myself? Have you ever screwed up like this?