It is supremely important that the executive concentrates on those activities that only he or she can do from his or her vantage point.
The effective action to ensure this occurrence on any regular basis is often short-circuited, made expedient. Functions that indeed do belong outside of the executive office, more profitably done elsewhere, are not formally delegated but unceremoniously dumped.
A “function dump” might well be defined as: passing off a function to another without having insured by direct observation or other means that the individual receiving the function not only fully understands its purpose and value, but in fact has demonstrated his or her ability to actually accomplish the function.
But, you say, “this takes time. It is so much easier to simply dump it”. I’m reminded of the old saying, “You can pay me now or you can pay me later”. You are going to put in the delegation training time and it is best to do it before you start, rather than after you have begun delegating–only to find that it is necessary to redo much of what you have passed on.
An executive conundrum to consider— why is it we never have the time to do it right, but we always find the time to do it over?
Arte Maren, Author of The Natural Laws of Management: The Admin Scale