Monday, October 02, 2006

Little Red Hen Principle: Teamwork and Delegation?

If one member of a group does most of the work on a team project, then that person should have the most influence on decisions about the results. If someone delegates most of the work on a project to others, then those who do most of the work should most influence decisions about the results.

At each stage of her effort to grow wheat and bake bread, the Little Red Hen asks her barnyard colleagues for help. They refuse every request, so she does all the work herself. Until the last step…

“She did not know whether the bread would be fit to eat, but--joy of joys!--when the lovely brown loaves came out of the oven, they were done to perfection. ... Then, probably because she had acquired the habit, the Red Hen called: ‘Who will eat the Bread?’ …

“All the animals in the barnyard were watching hungrily and smacking their lips in anticipation, and the Pig said, I will,’ the Cat said, ‘I will,’ the Rat said, ‘I will.’

“But the Little Red Hen said, … ‘No, you won't. I will.’

“And she did.”

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