Tuesday, February 9, 2010
How to be a Leader with tight deadlines
I get an e-mail forwarded to me, asking me to make a decision on how to deal with issue X as soon as possible since "we do not have much time and need to decide our direction now".
As I scan the e-mail exchange that has been going on before the forward I can see the following exchange:
Peon A mailing Peon B discussing issue X and urging him at the end to "we need to decide soon", Peon B replying back to Peon A, agreeing that there is an issue and emphasize in the end how "we have to act quickly".
Then I see a gap for a little more than a week until the mail was forwarded to me by Peon A with Peon B on cc, apparently they had talked with each other and decided that I should deal with the problem even though it's not really my area. I reply back to them both "I leave it up to you how to deal with it, but remember that time is tight so we cannot delay".
And yeah, it wasn't really urgent...