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April 9, 2017

Don’t Be Afraid of Delegation!

If you regularly receive my newsletter, you know that I am an advocate of using delegation to be more positively productive. In my GO System workshops, I have found that managers are fearful of delegating important work even if it makes sense for them to do so. Here are three important best practices to help you avoid mistakes and ensure a successful delegation.Yes delegation woman binders

  • Set clear expectations. People are more successful when they understand what is expected of them and how their efforts will be evaluated. When delegating an assignment or task, meet with the employee and explain what you want them to do. Use evidence-based performance measures, such as deadlines, quality standards, and measurable improvements.
  • Focus on results, not process. Most tasks and assignments can be performed in a variety of ways unless mandated procedures must be followed. In the absence of mandates or regulations, let the person decide how they will achieve the expected outcome. Avoid the temptation to micromanage!
  • Use delegation to develop employees. As a leader and manager, it’s your job to develop your employees and provide opportunities for them to grow professionally. Look for valuable tasks you currently do that could be delegated with proper training and coaching.

Delegation is a powerful management and leadership tool. If used correctly, you can strengthen your team and motivate them to greater achievement. For more help with delegation, see my blog posts Successful Delegation and Avoid Delegation Mistakes.

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