The smartest fastest way to move projects forward it to put the right people in the ring and give them the authority and resources to make things happen.

Of course, that means you may not get e-x-a-c-t-l-y the project outputs and outcomes that you’d have delivered if you’d done it yourself, for better or for worse.

So the question … do you want it done, or do you want it done exactly how you’d have done it yourself.

If the former – find a gifted and motivated leader, give the vision, the resources and the authority to act … then get out of the way.

If the latter – appoint a project administrator and insert yourself into every decision-making loop there is. Be the bottleneck, but accept that as your reality.

What you must not do – find a great leader … and sit on their shoulders.

That way, misery lies.

Skippy strategy: Give or take authority. Not both.