February 7, 2010

Delegation – A Must-Read Introduction And Guide

When we delegate as managers, we create time and space for ourselves, to do more of what we alone can do best.

We add new opportunities to our people to develop their skills and evolve a much more capable workforce. What could be better…

The first thing to understand about delegation is that it simply does not happen on its own. As with any other kind of work that you have to complete, you will first need to learn how to manage a task properly yourself, so that when you do delegate it, the results will meet, if not exceed, your expectations.

There are a few essential steps that you will first of all need to understand, so as to be in a better position to delegate tasks effectively.

Communicating the activity outcomes clearly will ensure success. This means that you will need to start off by describing exactly what you expect the person to do, to specify when the job is to be completed and, of course, what kind of end results are necessary, on completion.

It is necessary for you to provide the context within which the work is to be performed. This in turn will mean that you will need to explain the reasons why you need the work done and its importance to the bigger picture of your workplace.

Finally, it’s worth sharing where there could be difficulties along the way and how these might be dealt with – if and when the complications arise.

It always pays to understand that you must be in agreement regarding the standards that you expect, in order to measure how successfully or otherwise the job has been completed. That said, obviously the standards that you require have to be achievable, as well as realistic.

Delegation – the free tool that gives you back your time and develops your people at the same time

What could be better than that?

Filed under Blog, Building the Future, Developing Your People, Managing Me by Martin

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