Delegation Advice From “The Good Wife”

Word Power in Action: What you say when you delegate authority but want to stay involved
By Gene Griessman, Ph.D.

Two partners at a big law firm are on the phone in a new episode of the CBS hit show “The Good Wife.” One partner is tied up in arbitration and can’t get free to hear all that’s involved in discussions with a prospect.

“I might be able to sign them,” one partner says.  “I can decide for both of us?”

“Yes. Just keep me in the loop.”

This is an efficient, courteous, business-like way to proceed.  You shouldn’t try to do everything, so you do need to delegate. 

But you must make it your business to be kept informed.  (Look at the section on delegation in my book Time Tactics of Very Successful People for further information.)

“Keep me in the loop” is a terrific power phrase to help make that happen.

—Gene Griessman is an award-winning professional speaker, actor, and consultant. His video “Lincoln on Communication” is owned by thousands of corporations, libraries, and government organizations. He has spoken at conventions all over the world. To learn more about his presentations, contact us at 404-435-2225 or Learn more about Gene Griessman at and

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