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How to Lead, 5th Edition by Jo Owen

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Chapter 16

Delegate well

How many real working hours can you reliably deliver every day? The American Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the average office worker is productive for two hours and 53 minutes per day. That may be an overestimate: they were assuming that all meeting time was productive. As a worker, there is a limit to how productive we can be, however long we are in the office or however efficient we are.

But as a leader, there is no limit to how productive you can be. You can deliver far more than 24 working hours in a day. If you build the right team, they can collectively deliver thousands of hours of work every day. Your job is not to do all the work yourself, it is to make sure that your team can accomplish what ...

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