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Management 101: Learn to delegate

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As you gain more responsibility at work, knowing how to delegate comes into play. Here’s the smart way to delegate work:

Hand the ball to someone who’s still learning. A good delegator knows that you don’t always assign work to the star players. Assign stretch assignments to someone less skilled who needs to grow. Coach her through the task, or ask a more experienced worker to buddy up with her.

Start with less-risky tasks. Although you don’t want to simply hand off “busy work,” you also don’t want to delegate a task that’s too complex. Monitor the person’s work initially, and then step back.

Explain how the task fits into the big picture. Example: “Our sales department is responsible for generating $___ per month. If our salespeople don’t hit their mark, that impacts their take-home pay and our regional goals. This report, which I’d like you to generate, tells everyone where they stand.”

Allow time to get the job done. One classic management mistake is delegating work at the eleventh hour, and then being disappointed when the employee can’t deliver high-quality work. Set employees up for success by setting realistic deadlines.


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