The Difference Between Delegation and Abdication

Rytis Vitkauskas // CEO and Founder of YPlan

"There’s a big difference between delegation and abdication.

If you ask someone to do something, and then you emerge in two weeks time to see what the end outcome is, the likelihood is that you’ll have a very different idea of what the outcome should be because they had a very different notion of things or you communicated unclearly.

The way that we think about delegation is that it’s actually the responsibility of the delegator to have the excellent outcome from the delegatee in whatever the timeframe was for a particular product or feature.

What ends up happening is that ownership permeates the senior responsible person and the person who is actually delivering on the product so it’s joint ownership."

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