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Some good tips for delegation 5 August 2015

It’s very easy to fritter away the first 15 minutes of your day by reading the morning’s e-mails and linked articles (including, I suppose, this one).  One of the greatest time-wasters is the “Pulse” section of LinkedIn.  That section provides an opportunity for people who want to write about something to do so.  And some of them even have something interesting to say.

I found such an interesting article there this morning that I want to share it with you.  It’s called “3 Delegation Mistakes You Don’t Have to Make” (LinkedIn Is American I Think Which Explains All The Irritating Capital Letters In Headlines) and it’s written by someone called David Dye.  You can read the article by clicking on the link.  I think it’s available to everyone, whether or not you are a member of LinkedIn (and if you are not, then I think you probably ought to join it, but that’s a different story).

The essence of the article is simple.  Delegating badly is worse than not delegating at all, for you at least and probably for the person you are delegating to as well.

Delegating is good for three reasons:

•  you can’t do everything yourself
•  other people have talents and abilities that you don’t have
•  it gives opportunity to others to develop new skills and experience

The three mistakes that the author highlights are:

•  delegating the process, rather than the outcome.  Delegating the process is simply micromanaging or training
•  failing to explain what success looks like
•  failing to keep an eye on the project – which the author calls “accountability”

My only criticism of the article is that it is written in the classic web-publishing style of Things You Mustn’t Do.  So the sub-headings are behaviours to avoid.  At the first reading, I assumed they were behaviours that you should follow, which made the article a bit of a mystery to me at the start.  But now that I have alerted you to that error, have a read of the article and see what you think.

That’s another ten minutes of this morning frittered away.  Almost lunchtime …



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