The worst thing is being “voluntold”.
Partners : “Hey, how do you feel about volunteering to lead this? I think you would be great “
Me: “I don’t have the bandwidth to lead that event”
Partner : “Let me clarify, you are leading this event, please book a meeting on my calendar.”

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The key is to pass the buck.

“You know, I don’t have the bandwidth, but persons X,Y, and Z would be a great fit for this role and I’ll tell them about the opportunity”

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You need to have minions who will do the heavy lifting.

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Yeah, same here OP - I’m a minion for a couple of Partners, and I have Managers and Seniors who are mine.

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Exactly what happened to me. A partner started the convo with “hey, how do you feel about...”
Me: well, let me think about it
Partner: you are doing it, wasn’t really asking

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