I came up to a coworker and asked how long it would take him to complete a task for me and whether he’d be able to do it within a few days. “Sure, that’ll be quick and I can probably do it. But I need to ask by team leader.” Excuse me? I would expect that answer from a 7-year old, having to consult his mom for allowance to go out and play, but a tall man in his late twenties is something completely different. Why aren’t you in charge of your own work?