responsibilities is sometimes easier said than done. Consider this:
Successful delegation will not only give you more time to work on your
important opportunities, but you will also help others on your team
learn new skills and become successful. Below are a few ideas to help
you begin delegating and mentoring your staff more effectively.
that delegation helps your staff grow. It provides you with more time,
and you will be able to take on higher priority projects. Remember,
you are not the only one who can accomplish the end result. Trust
others to be capable of achieving results.
the daily routine activities in which you are involved. Can any of
these activities be eliminated or delegated?
the entire job if possible, not just small tasks and
activities of a particular project. Do not avoid delegating a task
because you cannot give someone the entire project. If necessary, try
breaking large jobs into manageable pieces and delegate pieces to
those who can do them readily. When delegating, be sure to set
deadlines for completion.
out the talents and interests of your staff, and you will be able to
delegate more intelligently and effectively.
the desired outcome of the project, then let your staff use some
creative thinking to determine the best manner in which to get the
task completed. Trust is crucial. Make sure you have clear standards
of performance so your staff won't experience any surprises regarding
a monitoring or measurement process that will keep you informed of the
progress of the project. Keep following up and following through until
the entire project is done.
identify limits of authority that go with the delegated job. These
limits may include spending budgets, hiring decisions, and so
underestimate your staff's potential. Delegate slightly more than you
think a person is capable of handling. Let the person know you are
confident the task will be performed successfully.
an open mind to new ideas and new ways of doing things. There might be
a better way than the way something has been done previously. Change
is GOOD! Be a change agent in your firm.
can strengthen your position by delegating projects. It shows you are
doing your job as a manager and opens the door for better time
management. This will allow you to follow up with clients, make
marketing calls, and so on.
delegating you are taking a risk that the other person might make a
mistake, but people learn from mistakes and will be able to perform
the tasks correctly the next time. Think back to a time a project was
delegated to you and you made a mistake. You also learned a valuable
is only the beginning of understanding the principles of delegation. We
all are aware that delegating takes time in the beginning. Donít let
yourself be trapped by the feeling of, "I can do it just as
quickly, so why spend the time explaining it to someone else?" Take
a leap of faith and learn to manage your time more effectively.
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