I just listened to the podcast regarding handling the 6th big ball wehn you already have 20. I enjoyed the podcast, it was very informative. I am new to manager tools and have found it to be a wonderful resource.
I manage a small business and to be honest...I have some problems. I know that the problems are a result of my management style (if you want to call it a style) so I am trying to learn some better methods to manage the office.
I have a question. When you are talking about delegating projects would you delegate to someone who does not have the skills required and teach them the skills? Is there a line between teaching and developing skills? I know that as a manager I should be helping my directs to develop their skills but for example, if I am the only one in my office that can manage our server...should I teach someone else and how do I do that? How do I teach someone a skill that took me years to learn? And, is it my responsibility or the directs? Should they take action to learn skills necessary to move them into a better position or should I just teach them?
Here's why I am asking. I am the manager and also the IT department, the marketing department, the legal department, the leasing and rental department (for another company not related to the one I manage), the one who fills in whenever someone doesn't show up for a job, the fixer of all things broken...I think you can see where this is going. I do it all. I don't complain (and am not complaining) I enjoy the challenge! But, I also know that I do not currently have anyone on my staff that can assume these responsbilities. As a manager I want to grow the staff I have but most of them are older than I am and most of them show no interest in learning new things. But, I know that as we are growing, if I do not have someone to delegate to I am going to be in trouble. So, do I teach them or are they responsible for teaching themselves? I took initiative to learn the things I know. I learned on my own with little to no assistance from co-workers. I read books, I bought training materials, I invested time in learning these things on my own. I have no problem teaching my staff anything that is directly related to the company and company procedures. But, am I responsible for teaching them added skills? Skills like IT, like Web design, like data management? I am not sure where the line is when it comes to helping your staff grow? So, where is the line?