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Words to Combat Frustration

One word that comes to mind is bikeshedding. If you don’t know what it means, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parkinson%27s_Law_of_Triviality

I am often frustrated by the amount of discussion that happens surrounding details that should just be left to the person doing the actual work on a project. Words that sum up more complex concepts are great for combating frustration. Teach people words like bikeshedding and the word becomes a warning. A warning that protects me from frustration.

A different decision making hurdle I am also frustrated by is some leader’s inability to delegate decision making to the people with the actual ability, skill, and competency to make a good decision.   Is there a word that sums up this concept?  As an aside, It’s not that when I am working on a project I don’t want insight or feedback from all stakeholders. I do.

How can leaders delegate decisions better while still offering their leaderly guidance? My suggestions, ask questions instead of giving commands. Like, “Have you considered … “. Or “I’d like for you to try this and tell me what you think”. Anybody got other suggestions?