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Keeping Control

Keeping Control

  • Take time to explain why they were chosen for the job, what's expected from them during the project.
  • Discuss timelines and deadlines.
  • Agree on a schedule of checkpoints at which you'll review project progress.
  • Make adjustments as necessary.
  • Take time to review all submitted work.

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MORE IDEAS FROM Successful Delegation Using the Power of Other People's Help

...to determine when delegation is appropriate:

  • Is there someone else who has (or can be given) the necessary information/ expertise to complete the task? 
  • Does the task provide an opportunity to grow and develop another person's skills?
  • Is this a task that will recur, in a similar form, in the future?
  • Do you have enough time to delegate the job effectively? 
  • Is this a task that I should delegate? 

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If you work on your own, there's only a limited amount that you can do, however hard you work.

One of the most common ways of overcoming this limitation is to learn how to delegate your work to other people. If you do this well, you can quickly build a strong and successful team of people, well able to meet the demands that others place. 

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  • Specify the outcome you desire to the people you trust to deliver it.
  • Establish controls, identify limits to the work and provide sufficient support, but resist upward delegation. 
  • Keep up to date with progress, and focus on results rather than procedures. 
  • When the work is completed, give recognition where it’s deserved.

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Factors to consider when delegating
  • The experience, knowledge and skills of the individual as they apply to the delegated task, including the time need to provide training, if necessary
  • The individual's preferred work style
  • The current workload of this person: consider if the person has enough time to take on more work and how this affects other responsabilities.

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  • For new and inexperienced in the job staff -  use a directive delegation style (Tell exactly what you want them to do).
  • For staff that has experience in the job (they know what they are doing) - use the effective, management by objectives delegation method (Tell people the end result that you want and then get out of their way).
  • When the staff person is completely experienced and competent, your method of delegation in this case is simply, easy interaction.

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Focusing on your skills

You will stand out in some specific skills and tasks. Those are the skills others pay for and where you add the most value.

But you probably don't spend that much time using your skills because you try to do everything else by yourself. You may know that you should delegate more, but it's just too difficult to do.

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In a work setting, it means the transfer of responsibility for a task from a manager to a subordinate. 

The decision to delegate is usually made by the manager. However, sometimes an employee will volunteer to take on an expanded role.

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