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by on November 11, 2011

            Delegating As A Management Tool

Delegating is an important management tool.  Delegating with intelligence is an even greater management tool.

I follow a straightforward process when delegating.  First, I determine who should handle it.  Should I do it myself, or is my time better spent on those tasks that are most efficiently handled by me?  Do I have a subject-matter expert that I can delegate to?  Do I have someone I deem capable who will be challenged by the project and benefit from the learning experience, making them a more valuable employee?  Once answered, I deliver five points of information. The more information you share, the better the outcome.

  • Who is the project for?
  • What is the expected outcome?
  • When is the deadline?
  • Where can they get all the particulars they need to complete the project?
  • Why is the project important?

The ideal delegation provides a complete picture of the project.  It also includes a delegator who is available for questions, who checks in with the delegatee to make sure everything is clear and on schedule, who mentors as needed, and who doesn’t micro-manage.

When the project is completed, it is crucial to give full credit to the person who accomplished the assignment.  This is a relationship and trust builder.  The person who is given full credit is likely to appreciate and look forward to the next project knowing that the rewards are just.

Skillful delegating positively affects the bottom line and should be encouraged.  It is an efficient means of completing work, it is an important element in expanding your co-workers’ knowledge and skill set, and it builds trust, teamwork and camaraderie.

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