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June 3, 2018

Delegation Works!

As you may know from my monthly newsletter and blog posts, I’m a strong advocate of using delegation to make you more positively productive and to develop your employees. Despite the proven benefits of delegation, some managers are afraid of it, either because they haven’t tried it, or they have been unsuccessful. Here are five tips to make delegation easier and ensure success.

  1. Match each task to the person’s skill set while giving them an opportunity to stretch and grow. Review career goals and performance plans to tie delegation to their career path.
  2. Clearly describe your expectations about deliverables and explain any metrics you will use to evaluate results.
  3. Give the person the authority they need to succeed and make sure that others understand.
  4. Allow them to handle the task in their own way and avoid micromanaging.
  5. Be available to answer questions, provide guidance, and coach the person, as needed.

Delegation gives you time to focus on the tasks that only you can do. An effective delegation takes preparation and planning. For more information, see my blog posts Why Delegation Doesn’t Work and Delegate to Be More Positively Productive.

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