I love to bush-whack a path at work.

This way, when it’s time to delegate a task, I’m clear about how long it will take and the obstacles someone will likely face when completing it. 

Last week I delegated a task and got the following pushback:

“I can’t possibly help on such a huge task right now.” 

Because I had done this same task in the past, I knew it was a quick tweak, not anything that needed coding or technical expertise. 

What I was asking to be done would’ve taken five minutes.

I lost lots of trust during this interaction.

Yes, sometimes things will be demanding and require time, skill, and even sorcery.

But since it’s a cinch to watch a YouTube video or Google some instructions, you can quickly lose credibility by pretending to be the Wizard of Oz.