Do it, Delegate it or Dump it
Sure I've waffled about this before, but there's an article on StickyMinds.com titled "Win-Win Delegation" in which the most important (to my mind) point is "Delegate Authority with the Task". There's nothing worse than giving someone a task to do, but not the tools they need to do it, and authority is just another tool at the end of the day. (A very important tool admittedly!)
My skillset has matured somewhat since then, which you'll probably see from the posts here. You can read a bit more about me on the about page of the site, or check out some of the other posts on my areas of interest.