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Delagation Paper

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As a child, I absolutely worshipped the comic book heroes. I used to squander all of my free time (and money) in this small, grungy comic book shop downtown. I loved the stories of Aquaman, The Fantastic Four, and The Green Lantern. Most of all, however, I loved Superman. As you know, Superman could perform practically every amazing feat of all of the other super heroes combined. There were limits to his powers, though. One small (and somewhat obscure) fact was that he could not lie. He also could not see well through lead. Last and most important, he was rendered positively powerless when he came in contact with a substance called Kryptonite. Now, for some time I thought that was all there ...view middle of the document...

It would be wise, at this time, to explain a little about my business. I own a relatively small, residential contracting company. I employ a staff of about five full time employees and about fifteen sub-contractors. My daily duties are many and they are constantly in flux. I may spend one day in the comfort of my office estimating projects and the next frantically digging drainage ditches in preparation for a coming storm. It sounds pretty stressful, but I like it. It keeps me on my toes. That is what I tell myself, at least. Now, without proper planning, my busy day would soon become a train wreck. Even worse, without being able to delegate some of this responsibility, my whole life would become a train wreck. I really do feel blessed that I have the employees that I have this early in the game. They are quite knowledgeable and pretty efficient in project planning. It also helps that I have developed a system of planning that works well in a dynamic environment. If the situation arises where it becomes necessary for one of my subordinates to take part in the planning process, he can download the current job plan (in spreadsheet form) directly into his PDA, go on site and do the estimate, and upload the revised plan back into the office computer whenever he is done. This saves time and prevents costly mistakes. This, by no means, is a perfect process, however. There is still the human element that simply cannot be eliminated. My hope is that if some oversights in the planning process are made, they are reduced to a size that falls below contingency.Another facet of management, organizing, also benefits from the powers of delegation. Now, this process is so labor intensive, that I have to delegate most of the authority to my employees. The day-by-day tasks of scheduling sub-contractors, ordering materials, and pulling permits is such that one man could never accomplish all that is to be done. One problem that I have is that I am sometimes too overbearing on my subordinates. In the article Work, Authority and Participation: The Scenario of Circular Organizing, A. Georges L. Romme states that, "...self-determination in its pure form would make domination impossible (or at any rate illegitimate), since any group facing coercion on any matter could demand and through...

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