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Giving it away! – Delegation
People use many excuses for not delegating. Their reasons are usually unfounded. You’ll get more done through delegation if you assume the opposite of the following statements is true:
What To Delegate
Make sure the standards and the outcome are clear. What needs to be done, when should it be finished and to what degree of quality or detail?
- Delegate the objective, not the procedure. Outline the desired results, not the methodology.
- Ask people to provide progress reports. Set interim deadlines to see how things are going.
- Delegate to the right person. Don’t always give tasks to the strongest, most experienced or first available person.
- Spread delegation around and give people new experiences as part of their training.
- Obtain feedback from employees to ensure they feel they’re being treated appropriately. A simple “How’s it going with that new project?” might be all that’s needed.
- Be sure to delegate the authority along with the responsibility. Don’t make people come back to you for too many minor approvals.
- Trust people to do well and don’t look over their shoulders or check up with them along the way, unless they ask.
- Be prepared to trade short term errors for long term results.
- When you finish giving instructions, the last thing to ask is, “What else do you need to get started?” They’ll tell you.