Dear Mr Manager,
If you are reading this, you would probably like to master the art of managerial skills.
Maybe you are overwhelmed and you are wondering how to bring about change. Maybe you have thought a few times about delegating but you have some common doubts surrounding this practice:
- the fear that you will be accused of laziness
- the feeling that no one does it better than you
- others do not exactly understand what your expectations are
- your team is not competent enough
If you look closely at this you will see that your fears are unfounded. Doing less operational tasks and having more time isn’t a sign of laziness. It will leave you with more precious time, that can be used for better time management and planning more efficiently. Delegating tasks gives your team more opportunities to grow in both experience and competence. Instead of feeding your perfectionism and ego, you can trust that the people in your team can complete tasks correctly. In the beginning, you may have a problem with „the 70% rule” which says that a task can be delegated if the person who does the job can do it at least 70% as well as you would do it. Not easy.
Delegating is a great management tool:
– if the tasks you delegate are clear and well scheduled,
– if they have precise acceptance criteria (yes, it takes time, but it’s worth it!)
– if their priority is well specified
– if your team know, they can count on your support
– if you correctly evaluate the skill level of your team
– if you are aware which tasks can’t be delegated
– if you check the progress of tasks
– if you are not left feeling that you have let go of all your responsibility
I now hope you will think a little bit more about how much you can gain thanks to delegating.
Your Dear Friend
Delegating to make you more aware!
P.S. WARNING! It may happen that delegating will not work with household duties. 😉