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People #14, April: How you approach self-responsibility and collaboration

Tips of the day!

Never hesitate to take advice from the right people, but always take full responsibility for your own decisions.

Theme of the day

The central theme in this blog is delegation.

Great leaders are good at delegating meaningful work to others. They understand the ‘why of delegation’ and the positive outcomes it brings to all involved:

  • Higher employee confidence and self-esteem
  • Individuals feel important
  • They learn to discover, develop and strengthen what they are good at
  • And, it enlists the cooperation

From a leadership perspective, it is all about:

  • Taking responsibility to achieve the organization’s mission; in our case the implementation of security into the software development cycle (see my previous blogs)
  • Providing clear direction during the implementation
  • Promoting team participation and cooperation during the implementation
  • And, accepting decision-making authority

I believe that one of the main benefits of delegating meaningful work to others is that it has a positive and direct impact on employee and employer engagement. And as we already know, engagement always leads to higher performance and productivity. In our case, the real implementation of security within the software development cycle.

To know how we can be successful in the delegation process, we have to understand not only the ‘why of delegation’ but also the ‘how to delegate’. To understand the subtle game of delegation, we have to take a closer look at self-responsibility and collaboration.

If you are self-responsible, then you have a desire for decision-making authority and the willingness to accept decision-making responsibility.

Be collaborative means the tendency to collaborate with others when making decisions.

Having the power and flexibility to apply both tendencies, collaborative and authoritative, leads in our case to a successful implementation of DevSecOps. Don’t forget; you have to delegate in any case. DevSecOps is not a one-man show!

Ask yourself

If you have to strengthen your tendency to collaborate with others when making decisions during the implementation phase of a project, follow the next process.

Process to develop collaboration

  1. What important decision(s) do you need to make shortly?
  2. Who will be impacted by this decision?
  3. Who will implement this decision?
  4. Who might help improve this decision if consulted?
  5. Consult with the most important people (steps 2, 3 and 4).
    1. Select the colleagues with whom you wish to collaborate
    2. When you approach these individuals, ask if they are willing to give input into a decision you need to make. This makes it clear that you are not asking them to make the decision. Instead, you are merely asking for their views that could help you to make the decision. If appropriate, you could do this with a group of people together.
    3. Explain precisely the decision you need to make. Outline the goal(s) you are trying to achieve and the obstacles you see to attain those goal(s). Then ask for their views or ideas related to this decision.
    4. The first stage is for brainstorming. Please write down the ideas without trying to evaluate them. You can ask questions about their opinions, but do not comment on the validity of their thoughts and opinions. You could even say that you are thinking of a possible solution of <…> . “What do you think about that”. This could give you some feedback about your ideas.
    5. Thank your colleagues for their ideas and especially thank them for any particular input that you think was useful or that you intend to implement. If you want, you could tell them you will let them know once you have finalized the details of the decision.
  6. In what way did you improve the decision as a result of the collaboration?


Contact me, if you want to receive a process to develop your desire for decision-making authority and the willingness to accept decision-making responsibility.


My next two blogs build on what we have seen so far. The central themes are:

  • Am I personally motivated? Organizational issues!
  • Am I personally motivated? Personal issues!


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