First steps in the Hi-Tech sales world

January 2, 2008

Doing someone elses work

Here is a dilemma for you.
A co worker has something to do. It is, without a doubt their job. However, it is quite clear they have no idea how to do it. Now, teaching them how to do it will take half a day. Correcting their mistakes afterwards, another half day. Doing it yourself, will take 3 hours. And you have a sneaking suspicion that even if you take the effort, they will come to you again for help next time.
Some will try to tech, some will not bother and just do it themselves. Some of the latter will even take some hidden joy in feeling how important and needed they are, that they know all, and everyone depends on them.
In my heart, I know that the first solution is the right one. We all know the saying, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” (apparently by Lao Tzu) But we are all stressed, and working hard, and are lacking in spare time. What the hell am I supposed to do?



  1. Feed him to the sharks!

    Comment by Tsahi Levent-Levi — January 2, 2008 @ 11:12 am

  2. but you see, then he will never do his job and I’ll be stuck here instead of going home, doing it…

    Comment by thebeginner — January 2, 2008 @ 1:41 pm

  3. “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”

    I’m 99% pretty certain this isn’t from Laozi (Lao Tzu)!

    As far as the work problem goes—do it yourself this time but make sure this person knows that this is a one time deal, and that from now on you will be expecting them to do it? Of course, you’d train them when things aren’t so hectic….?

    Comment by Baekho — January 3, 2008 @ 6:34 pm

  4. Well, I always heard that it was Jesus that said it. However, I Googled it and that was the 2 links that I found. So who knows….
    Would be happy to hear who really said it first.
    I just wish they prove that they can learn. But who works in a company that doesn’t have some people that better belong in the city dump? 🙂

    Comment by thebeginner (at home) — January 3, 2008 @ 7:37 pm

  5. Naw, it’s not Jesus either. I can garuntee you that phrase doesn’t appear either in the Bible or the Dao De Jing!

    I looked it up as well and I got Robert Louis Stevenson, but there’s no citation of where he said it, or proof that he said it first. My guess is it’s just one of those pithy little sayings whose origin is lost in the mists of time. 😀

    Comment by Baekho — January 3, 2008 @ 7:52 pm

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