Most of us come across the Bridge Riddle sometime before, it is all about optimizing time to cross the bridge. Here is the riddle
You, an assistance, a jenitor and a scientist have to cross a wooden bridge in 17 minutes. The bridge is weak and only able to carry the weight of
two of them at a time. Because they are in a rush and the light is
fading they must cross in the minimum time possible and must carry a
torch (flashlight,) on each crossing.
They only have one torch and it can’t be thrown. Because of their
different fitness levels and some minor injuries they can all cross at
different speeds. You can cross in 1 minute, assistance in 2 minutes, the janitor
in 5 minutes and the scientist in 10 minutes.
Below TED Ed video explains and solve this riddle
As explained in the video the key decision is to reply on the assistant who is comparatively less efficient than “You”, the assistant takes double time to cross the bridge than “You”. The assistant is taken first to other end and kept on other end so that he/she can come back with torch to pick up “You” to pass the bridge with time.
So what is management learning here ?
What I have learned from the solution is that even if you are key performer of the team it is worth passing responsibility to other team member for optimal team performance. It is not necessary to take responsibility of each thing on you considering no one can do it better than you.