Successful Delegation

Author – Paul Newton, Helen Bristoll

Why it’s worth reading: A quick guide to effective delegation

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One of the fundamental problems that people have when making the step up to management is the inability to delegate effectively. This free eBook provides a practical guide to boosting your own and your team’s productivity through successful delegation.

Chapter 1 – Delegation of Authority
There is no other skill that will increase your productivity to the same degree as being able to delegate successfully. As a specific skill, delegation is one that becomes increasingly more important as you progress through levels of management and will greatly increase your own productivity.

Chapter 2 – Principles of Delegation
The degree of authority delegated to an individual should be adequate to assure their ability to accomplish the results expected of them. In addition, you should avoid micro-managing the task, take the time to set up adequate controls and be prepared to allow others to make mistakes.

Chapter 3 – The Six Stages of Delegation
There are six stages you should follow so that your delegated activities are successfully completed. This logical process allows you to clearly define your requirements at each stage and will ensure that your personal productivity is optimized.

Chapter 4 – Delegation in Management
There are certain competencies and behaviors you must adopt to ensure your success when delegating work. These include giving full responsibility, focusing on the results, not on the process, providing the necessary resources, giving constructive feedback and providing backup and support when needed.

Chapter 5 – Monitoring Delegated Tasks
One of the most difficult problems you will face when monitoring delegated task is the so-called over-reporting problem. This becomes a greater risk as the complexity and length of the task increases.

Chapter 6 – Advantages and Disadvantages of Delegation
Once you have delegated a piece of work, it is vital that you not only monitor progress, but also provide regular feedback to the team member. Feedback is also a major contributor to motivation and empowers people by enabling them to build upon their successes and lets them know that their efforts are appreciated. This should improve their performance and enable them to keep their problems and concerns in perspective.

You will learn:
  • Why delegation is one of the most important management skills you can master.
  • How to decide whether or not a task is suitable for delegation.
  • The ten rules of successful delegation that will motivate and empower your team.
  • How to accurately monitor delegated tasks and avoid the over-reporting trap.
  • The six questions you need to ask in order to develop your delegation skills.
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