How Can I Delegate to an Unreliable Person?

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Dear Lifehacker,In both my work and personal life, I’m supposed to delegate responsibilities to others.

Matthew Fritz‘s insight:

First ask yourslef, "Why?"  Why are they "unreliable" (in your opinion) and then, perhaps more important, why are you delegating (better yet, "what?")?  What, then, are your goals?  To educate?  To grow?  To Test?  With the answers to these questions, you’ll map your way to a path with your teammate that will highlight the "How" and validate your choice.

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Matthew Fritz is a leader and mentor in the field of complex organizational change, emotional intelligence, and organization strategy. A successful DoD senior-acquisition program manager and test leader, Matt has earned documented success in the areas of test and evaluation, assessment, technology development and flight operations. He has specialized experience in cost, schedule and performance management and is an active duty Field-Grade Officer with command-experience in the United States Air Force. Matt is also a certified acquisition professional, as well as a certified Emotional Intelligence Trainer/Practitioner. He is the Author of an instructional book entitled, “Leveraging Your LinkedIn Profile for Success” and actively blogs with other military leaders at, as well as his personal blog at He and his wife, Stacy, enjoy life with their daughter and son in New Mexico.

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