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July 19, 2015

Avoid These Delegation Pitfalls

Have you resisted delegation for fear that you wouldn’t get the results you need? Maybe you tried delegation in the past, but it didn’t work out very well. A successful delegation takes planning and is worth the effort because it can make you and your team more positively productive. Here are some tips to help you avoid these common delegation pitfalls and realize a successful delegated assignment.29-11-2011

  • Pitfall 1: Dumping stuff on your staff. A delegated assignment should be part of your overall employee development plan. Choose to delegate tasks that you currently are doing, but should not be doing. Make sure these tasks help the employee to develop new skills and, if possible, demonstrate leadership.
  • Pitfall 2: Failing to explain your expectations. The employee needs to know how you will measure his or her performance. Describe the outcome you want, set deadlines, and give the employee the tools and training needed to deliver.
  • Pitfall 3: Micromanaging. The purpose of delegation is to make you more productive by freeing your time to work on tasks that only you can do. If you give the employee sufficient instruction about deliverables and are available to answer questions, let the employee get the job done without interference.

Delegation is a powerful tool to make you positively productive and develop the skills of your team members. See my blog post Delegate for Results for more information.

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