It’s just another day in leadership paradise. An important project is languishing—like a bad houseguest, it’s going nowhere, but no one is calling it out. As the head of your team, do you take the matter into your own hands and get the job done, or continue to slough it off on an unfortunate subordinate?
We’ve all been there. Most often, the initiatives that tend to suffer are the strategic initiatives of the important-but-not-urgent variety. (After all, if they were pressing, they’d be on track, receiving the attention they deserve.) Everyone involved is frustrated, especially the rock star assigned to lead the effort.