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1. The 'Development Opportunity'
Challenge: You need an employee to take some donkey-work assignment that's way outside the employee's job description.
A lousy manager ... paints a rosy picture of how impressive the project will look on the employee's resume. Best-case scenario is that the employee will not only do the grunt work, but actually feel grateful.
Better approach: Make it clear that the crummy assignment is beyond the call of duty, that you appreciate the extra effort, and that it's not going to be a regular thing.