Friday, October 14, 2011

Vora on Following Up

Tanmay Vora has an intriguing post on the virtues of not following up. An excerpt:

The need to constantly follow-up only means that people in the team are not clear of their priorities (or priorities are not clearly communicated). It also means they are not disciplined and accountable.

Time spent on following up is never estimated when you delegate the work. It is not accounted for, and hence results in further delays. The act of following up negatively impacts both parties – the one who is following up and the one being followed up.

1 comment:

Dan in Philly said...

Happy is the boss who has a worker with whom no follow up is needed. They are like eagles in a field of sparrows, and worth more than their weight in gold.

This of course goes not just for bosses, as in business today everyone is, or should be, a project manager of sorts from time to time. Cultivating successful work relationships allows you to know who needs follow up and who does not. It's also wise to be one of those who, once given a task, needs no follow up from anyone.