Sink or swim might work for the person who has the skills but is not motivated to use them, however if this is the only tactic in a mentor’s toolbox, they could cause quite a few people to drown for the one or two that make it.
If you want someone to take on more responsibility, move up in their career and get promoted, ensure they have an adequate supply of the right tools for career advancement, and just like the rock in the picture below, skills can erode when not maintained.
NOTE: This picture was taken in 2009 at Percé, Quebec, Canada, at the tip of the Gaspe Peninsula where the Saint Lawrence River empties into the Atlantic Ocean. In the distance you can see Percé Rock.
If you sink in the great lakes, you might eventually end up here.
© Wayne McKinnon 2010. All rights reserved.