2008.04.21 07:00 - The Art of Delegating

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    The early morning in Rieul brought a nice surprise: I saw my old friend Riddle again.

    Riddle Sideways: good morning Pema
    Pema Pera: Hi Riddle!
    Pema Pera: Good seeing you again.
    Pema Pera: How are you?
    Riddle Sideways: yes, I have been out
    Riddle Sideways: each meeting time has been inconvient
    Pema Pera: no problem!
    Pema Pera: We have so many meetings here that sooner or later a time slot will work for anyone ;>)
    Riddle Sideways: that is what I was thinking
    Riddle Sideways: I have not read the blog since last week either
    Riddle Sideways: what has been happening
    Pema Pera: lot’s of talking here (^^)
    Pema Pera: see the blog

    Riddle then mentioned some new development in our Qwaq-based WoK Forums.

    Riddle Sideways: well I know about the wokforum/woklab emails
    Pema Pera: yes, that’s a very interesting development
    Pema Pera: I’m really very pleased to see other WoK Forums members taking such initiative
    Pema Pera: It had always been meant as a group of peers
    Pema Pera: Not only Steven and me organizing things
    Pema Pera: So I’m delighted to see others starting new activities
    Riddle Sideways: yes, you could not lead everything
    Pema Pera: well said!
    Riddle Sideways: it is interesting the division between SL and Qwaq
    Riddle Sideways: some are more comfortable with one and not the other
    Riddle Sideways: many want qwaq to continue
    Pema Pera: Oh, yes, I think that is a good thing
    Pema Pera: No reason not to
    Pema Pera: Perhaps it is not so much a question of being more comfortable with Qwaq or SL
    Pema Pera: but rather a question of willing to spend the time and energy to explore a new thing, after having gotten comfortable with Qwaq
    Pema Pera: I myself waiting almost eight months before I finally delved into SL . . . .
    Pema Pera: Hi Sky!
    Riddle Sideways: I came to call it the baby duck syndrome
    Riddle Sideways: after an article I read 20 years ago
    Riddle Sideways: hi sky
    Riddle Sideways: that article was talking about text editors
    Riddle Sideways: and saying people always liked the first editor they had ever used
    Riddle Sideways: no mater how bad
    Sky Szimmer: hi everyone
    Riddle Sideways: some liked vi or ed or notepad
    Pema Pera: I can understand that
    Pema Pera: I started with EDT
    Pema Pera: and boy was I happy to switch to emacs . . . . ;>)
    Pema Pera: (EDT was on the VAX, more than a quarter century ago)
    Riddle Sideways: yes I used it, but liked ted better
    Pema Pera: Sky, we are talking about the new Qwaq WoK Forums initiatvie
    Pema Pera: are you on the wokforums list?
    Sky Szimmer: ah
    Pema Pera: as for the baby duck syndrome, I got an SL account in March last year
    Pema Pera: but only by Christmas did I finally find a block of time to really get comfortable in SL
    Pema Pera: So I can’t blame anyone else for being a bit tardy (^_^)
    Pema Pera: Sky, what happened is
    Pema Pera: A group of 6 individuals in WoK Forums each led a session there
    Pema Pera: once every two weeks
    Pema Pera: so three sessions a week
    Pema Pera: during a period of a couple months
    Pema Pera: We all liked it, but after that two-month experiment
    Pema Pera: Steven and I did not propose something specific to follow up
    Pema Pera: and I’m delighted that they now self-organized and will have a meeting in two days, discussing what to do next
    Pema Pera: because there is a critical mass now of those who really want to continue
    Riddle Sideways: and perhaps fortunately you can not make the meeting
    Pema Pera: And then Riddle mentioned the baby duck syndrome ;>)
    Riddle Sideways: you do not have to lead us
    Pema Pera: yes, nice point Riddle!
    Pema Pera: It is actually a real art to delegate
    Pema Pera: I am still learning how to do that . . . .
    Pema Pera: Two big stumbling blocks with delegating:
    Pema Pera: 1) it takes MORE time initially — telling others how you do it takes far more time than just doing it
    Pema Pera: 2) others will . . . surprise surprise . . . do it DIFFERENTLY than what you had in mind — you’ll have to give up control to some extent
    Pema Pera: SO:
    Pema Pera: finding more time and giving up control
    Pema Pera: those are some of the hardest things to do . . . . (^^)
    Pema Pera: but I’m slowly learning . . . .
    Pema Pera: in astrophysics as well
    Pema Pera: we now have a new MICA organization here in SL
    Pema Pera: http://www.physics.drexel.edu/mica/
    Pema Pera: same story there
    Pema Pera: Kat, whom you have met here perhaps, has been my mentor in two ways:
    Pema Pera: mentor for immigrating into SL
    Pema Pera: and mentor for showing me how to delegate

    At this point Sky had to leave.

    Sky Szimmer: i unfortunately have to run. catch you again later.
    Pema Pera: Sorry to talk so much, Sky ;>)
    Pema Pera: nice having you here!
    Riddle Sideways: sky, thank you for coming in
    Sky Szimmer: no no, it is always nice to be here pema.
    Sky Szimmer: i just have baby duties
    Riddle Sideways: understand
    Pema Pera: yes, and hard to delegate those!
    Riddle Sideways: I have added another level to delegating
    Riddle Sideways: I make most of my income being a go between
    Riddle Sideways: between american execs who have their problems delegating
    Riddle Sideways: and out-sourcers who have different ways of doing things
    Riddle Sideways: I have to deal with both groups
    Pema Pera: yes, that must not be easy
    Pema Pera: so the execs delegate the delegation process to you . . . .
    Riddle Sideways: yes, funny that
    Riddle Sideways: they have a language of their own
    Pema Pera doesn’t want to even think about that
    Riddle Sideways: where they want it done, but can’t describe what they want
    Pema Pera: ah, yes, I’ve seen that problem — don’t do what I say but what I mean (even if I myself don’t know what I mean) . . . .
    Pema Pera: many layers of confusion!
    Riddle Sideways: that is what I deal with
    Riddle Sideways: which brings me to having to leave now for a web conference
    Riddle Sideways: thank you for the chat
    Pema Pera: thanks, Riddle
    Pema Pera: good luck with everything!

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