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12 Rules of Delegation

12 Rules of Delegation
By Richard Lannon

Delegation is one of the most important skills. Technical professionals, team and business leaders, managers, and executives all need to develop good delegation skills. There are many rules and techniques that help people to delegate. Good delegation saves money, time, builds people and team skills, grooms successors and motivates people. Poor delegation sucks! Ask any employee. It causes frustration, demotivates and confuses people and teams. It is important to develop good delegation skills. These twelve rules of delegation should help you out.

  1. Delegation is a two-way street. That’s right! Delegation is meant to develop you and the people you work with. Consider what you are delegating and why you are delegating it. Are you delegating to build people, get rid of work you don’t like to do or to develop someone?
  2. To be a good delegator you need to let go. You can’t control everything so let go and trust the people you work with.
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Three Key Reasons Why You Need to Delegate

Three Key Reasons Why You Need to Delegate
By Timothy F Bednarz

When many managers are asked, “Do you delegate as much as you should?” the response often is, “Probably not. I can’t take the time to train someone, let alone trust them to complete assignments I am personally responsible for.” Many don’t fully realize why they should delegate.

Managers as leaders understand the importance of effectively utilizing every resource they have at their disposal. This includes the people they direct and lead.

Managers must appreciate the power delegation brings to their individual units as well as to the organization as a whole. When they begin to actively delegate, three things begin to take place that overtake the workplace and personal performance.

When managers as effective leaders delegate, their subordinates begin to increase their knowledge, which better equips them to make decisions, solve problems, and generate more productive end results. These enhancements work to improve overall workplace and organizational performance. Read the Complete Article

Understanding the Four Levels of Delegation When Managing People in Business

Understanding the Four Levels of Delegation When Managing People in Business
By Rory J MacLaren-Jackson

Effective delegation is an important skill in both leadership and management. However, an important element of doing so is assessing each task being delegated and grading it according to the amount of authority that it requires on the part of the colleague who will be performing it.

This ensures the best outcome both in terms of the task itself and the development of the person fulfilling it.

Level 1 – Zero Authority

This degree of authority is best given for tasks that are so important or particularly complex in their nature that you need a high level of involvement to ensure they are completed correctly. It could also be a task that is of a type that the person receiving it has no or little previous experience of, and therefore cannot reasonably assume authority for it. Read the Complete Article

The Dependency Cycle: How Managers Create It and How to Avoid It

The Dependency Cycle: How Managers Create It and How to Avoid It
By Impact Achievement Group

No one consciously attempts to delay productivity, to stifle talent development, to increase response time for solving problems, or to thwart the morale and motivation of employees. But we have all seen organizations where these things happen, and they are a result of a dependent performance culture. Instead of demonstrating their own initiative, taking personal responsibility, and maximizing their own talent potential, employees “delegate up” situations and problems to the managers above them. Dependency in organizations, with all its problems, may not be intended, but it is the result of flawed management behavior and practices.

While most dependent relationships don’t end in tragedy, they do keep people from living the full, rewarding lives they have the potential to enjoy. The person in a dependent relationship easily acquires low expectations of himself, and his performance often begins to reflect this negative, inner voice. Read the Complete Article

Effective Delegation Management Skills – Attention to Detail

Effective Delegation Management Skills – Attention to Detail
By Michael Duncan Moore

It may seem obvious that attention to details when planning and executing project management is a basic management skill. The very essence of effective delegation and project execution is based on this focus. It is a core management skill and basic responsibility.

Given the obvious, why do so many managers lose that focus?

Effective delegation management depends on it. Taking an eye off the “attention to detail ball” has many causes. It is important to explore these roadblocks in order to cope with them and over-come the distractions needed for execution excellence.

  • Any manager has more than their share of interruptions. Their own To Do list is a mile long. Deadlines abound and the meeting upon meeting pattern takes too much time.

  • These interruptions and distractions are an all to regular part of the management weather forecast. It goes with the territory.

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Nine Keys to Successful Delegation in Project Management

Nine Keys to Successful Delegation in Project Management
By Fred Morgan

Successful delegation is crucial to successful project management. Many people involved as leaders in project management are, however, afraid of delegation. They fear that if they delegate, the work won’t be done properly. Deadlines won’t be met. They cannot trust collaboration and teamwork to others; they have to do most things themselves and directly oversee the rest.

It is the delegation itself that must be done properly, however. Project management depends upon delegation simply because of the law of the division of labor: one person or team focused on one or two specific task(s) is more efficient and more productive than one person trying to juggle multiple tasks. One cannot be all things to a project or a business. As far as successful collaboration and teamwork go, these elements take care of themselves from an “emergent properties” perspective once delegation is done properly. Read the Complete Article

Delegation – 8 Tips To Help You Hand Off Projects And Tasks Effectively

Delegation – 8 Tips To Help You Hand Off Projects And Tasks Effectively
By Thomas Haizlip

Effective Delegation is a Process not an Event

It is the result of taking clear steps to explain the task being delegated, the expected outcome, the authority that is being given to accomplish the task, and the timeline expected for project completion. Delegation should also include built in “check in” points to assure that all players are on the same page. Take time to provide encouragement and use mistakes as teaching moments to develop top performers. Finally, always take time to “debrief” after a task or project has been completed to discuss not only the outcome, but also where work styles were in sync and where there were problems.

The following 8 tips are a great guideline to use when you have to delegate tasks and responsibilities to others to assure that there is alignment between your expectations and their behavior. Read the Complete Article

Delegation Trains Everyone

Delegation Trains Everyone
By Justin Tyme

The inability to delegate is one of the most common problems of managers. Management and leadership is all about getting results by organising and supervising a workforce. Poor delegation or no delegation is inefficient and expensive. And the worst thing about not delegating is that managers are losing wonderful training opportunities for their workers.

Managers have many reasons for not delegating:
They feel at ease doing routine tasks rather than supervising the work of others
They aren’t familiar with the skills of their workers and therefore unsure of other people’s ability to take more responsibility
They hate correcting other people’s work
They know they can do some things better than others

Delegating is hard work, but it’s work that is needed to help an organization grow and improve. You can tell people what to do, you can show people what to do, but by far the best way to teach people is to simply let them do the work themselves. Read the Complete Article

The Art of Delegation

The Art of Delegation
By Linda Anderson

Delegation is an essential skill to learn if you are someone who takes on lots of responsibility. This applies to your workplace as well as your personal life. You might be a business manager, a soccer coach for ‘Under 12’s’, or a mother of 5 children.

When you try to “do it all” there is a tendency to think this means “do it all – by yourself!” which inevitably leads to stress, burn-out and the odd tantrum. Delegation allows you to “do it all” without the need for tantrums!

Delegation is a skill and therefore can always be improved upon. If you delegate poorly you will get bad results. If you delegate well you will be able to achieve more than ever with no increase in your own personal demands.

Almost every client I have ever had has needed to refine their delegation skills. Read the Complete Article

How To Effectively Delegate

How To Effectively Delegate
By Duncan Brodie

If you are honest, delegating effectively is probably one of the toughest challenges you face and you are not alone. Managers in all types and size of business avoid delegating for a a whole host of reasons. I wonder how many of the following you recognise:

  • They don’t understand the need to delegate
  • They lack confidence in team to do what they require
  • They claim they don’t know how to delegate
  • Maybe they have tried and failed in the past so have a built in resistance to trying again
  • Maybe they like doing a particular job so don’t want to let go of it
  • Perhaps they don’t understand their role as a manager and how it is different to being on the team
  • Sometimes they may be frightened of making themselves seem easily replaced if others can do tasks that they previously did
  • They think they have no time to delegate
  • They think there is nobody to delegate to

So how can you be more effective at delegating? Read the Complete Article