Do you find yourself with a never-ending to-do list? Are you left wondering how you will get it all done on time? With Tony’s helpful guidance in the article below, you should be able to knock a few items off your “to do” list immediately!
The ability to delegate sets leaders apart from followers. That is because many people find it difficult to give up control. However, delegating duties and responsibilities is essential in today’s downsized organizations. The following key points will help you master the art of delegation.
Find the right person for the project. Do not assign the project to just any warm body. That is fine if any outcome is acceptable. If you want the job done right, however, you must find the right person for the job. If none exists, find the most capable person and train him/ her well.
Delegate authority and accountability. The worst thing you can do is delegate a task and then tie a person’s hands. If you’ve picked the right person or trained someone well, you must then give that person authority, so the job can be done without your supervision. In addition, you should make the person accountable for the quality of the work performed.
Make the task perfectly clear. Carefully explain the nature of the project to the person you are giving responsibility. This may be done verbally or in writing, depending on the complexity of the task. The newer and more complex the task, the more questions the person you are giving responsibility will have. Answer all questions promptly and thoroughly.
Agree on a deadline. When the person to whom you are delegating fully understands your expectations, both of you are in a position to determine a mutually acceptable deadline.
Review and coach. There is a learning curve associated with any new activity. During this time, you should periodically review the other person’s progress and offer additional coaching if needed.
Lay the groundwork for more delegation. Once you get your feet wet, you will find more things that can be done by others to free up your time. Begin training people to assist you in more operations and you will find yourself with more time to do what you do best.
Dr. Tony Alessandra has a street-wise, college-smart perspective on business, having been raised in the housing projects of NYC to eventually realizing success as a graduate professor of marketing, internet entrepreneur, business author, and hall-of-fame keynote speaker. He earned a BBA from Notre Dame, a MBA from the Univ. of Connecticut and his PhD in marketing from Georgia State University (1976). Known as “Dr. Tony” he’s authored 30+ books and 100+ audio/video programs.
To help you be even more effective and efficient so you can achieve your goals at an accelerated rate, you can delegate more to your team members than you have or might think possible. Stop holding on to things that can be done by someone else and do only those activities that you can do and can’t be done by anyone else. Stop doing revenue generation / business development avoidance activities and delegate more! Successful people are excellent delegators so work at being an even better delegator and be even more successful.
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