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Letter: Failure to delegate in the Turks and Caicos
Published on July 13, 2017Email To Friend    Print Version

Dear Sir:

Delegation is the assignment of any responsibility or authority from a manager to a subordinate to carry out specific activities and is considered to be a basic tool in the effective and productive management of time, people and resources. It is also one of the core concepts of management leadership.

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No one person can do it all and most organizational leaders have their plates full – too full.

Delegation is basically a way for leaders to distribute the authority to operate and make decisions to all levels of the organization from the top to the bottom so that decisions and actions do not become “log jammed” behind a single decision making person or leader.

It is my personal observation and opinion after many conversations over the past six months with ministers of parliament, locals and developers alike, that these concepts of delegation and assignment of responsibility have eluded the Premier Sharlene Cartright Robinson and that actual decisions on a plethora of issues in the Turks and Caicos Islands are, and have in fact been “log jammed” behind the premier as the only authority and decision maker in the PDM government.

The elected PDM ministers appear stacked in a pyramid supporting our premier who makes the decisions from the very top, when she has time.

And don’t expect any ministers to personally share that same opinion with the premier. Nobody wants to be the featured underdog in the next Josephine Connelly-like beat-down.

Developers with no access to land-locked real estate and in need of government assistance find the local minister receptive and supportive, but silence sets in waiting for a response from the single authority.

Neighbourhoods desperately needing traffic mitigation or road repairs find their local ministers receptive and supportive, but silence sets in waiting for a response from the single authority.

Hotel operators and local businessmen who offer ideas and concerns about crime find the local ministers to be receptive and supportive, but silence sets in waiting for a response from the single authority.

An unconscionable number of invested developers in the Turks and Caicos Islands have approached numerous ministers with a variety of problems and issues and those invested developers also find the local minister to be receptive and supportive, but silence sets in waiting for a response from the single authority.

We need to encourage the premier to realize that the time has come for her to acknowledge her limitations and recognize that by developing and engaging in effective delegation and assignment of responsibility techniques she can increase the PDM’s productivity exponentially for the benefit of all Turks and Caicos Islanders.

Edith Delancy
 
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