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Let people do what they are good at
A series of blogs of lessons learnt or re learnt from a recent project, after all we all have room and need to keep learning!
I started my working life as a designer, not a very good one, but a designer, I’ve learnt how to do a bit of estimating, have seen a lot of builds and ways of doing things, been involved in contracting. If needed I do all these and more to an OK level. I’m a know it all! But I also realise I know nothing at all compared to other people.
On this project there were gaps in skill sets and people far more gifted than me available, that’s life, there is always someone better and more knowledgeable. (it’s why I like projects; you get to meet them!)
As tempting as it was to do the work so that it was progressed quickly or it was something I was interested in, the value of me doing the work to the project is not as much as if someone who knows better than me does the work.
It saves costs in time and accuracy and improves quality. It’s obvious, right?
A manager’s prime role is to support and get those better than them the information they need. You are not always the expert but always the enabler.
It’s ironic and counterproductive sometimes that those best at doing something get moved into a position to stop do it. As a manager even waiting an extra 24 hours when there is someone more knowledgeable and focused than myself saved 36 in the long run!
And when no one was available to do the work and I stepped in. Because that is better than it not being done at all! You can’t always have an expert on tap!
A manager’s prime role is to support and get those better or with more time and focus, the information they need to do their jobs. When you manage you turn from being the expert to the enabler.
It's ironic and counterproductive to be productive that those best at doing something stop being able to properly do it.
But on a project, it does save you time and money in the long run to let the experts do their job! Just make sure it does get done, even if it means doing it yourself.
Thanks for reading
Hi I'm Simon. I've worked in projects for a while now, either management or design. I love projects but they're frustrating. Hope some of this help you.