Volume 5, Issue 5

Coach Vickie Bevenour, PCC  - www.CoachVickie.com

July 2007

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... is a quick tip ezine for Managers who believe in "Results Derived from Within"
Written by: Vickie Bevenour, a Professional Certified Coach, PCC

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The RDW Group, Inc.
114 Partheni Court
Cary , NC 27519

July 2007


Recently I met with Lynnette who already had a very full plate at work. In addition to her current responsibilities, for the past month she traveled around the country facilitating introductions of the new President.  Upon her return to the office, she was looking forward to business as usual.  It was then that the Director of her largest team announced that he was leaving.  She came to our meeting with an urgent request, “Coach Vickie, please help me do some major delegation to get this team through their transition.”

Her first step was to shift 40% of the work to Jim, a Manager that she had been mentoring.  This translated into giving Jim two huge projects.  She said, “Great Vickie that takes care of almost half of the work. I will talk with Jim this afternoon and then that will be all done.” To which I responded with the following questions:

  1. Does Jim want to do this work?
  2. Does Jim know exactly what is expected of him?
  3. What strengths does Jim have that will help him be successful on these projects?
  4. Does Jim have all of the tools that he needs to do the job?
  5. Does Jim know who to communicate with when he has a question?
  6. How will you communicate with Jim to assure that he is on the right track?

Lynnette smiled as she realized that she still had a bit more work to do before she had successfully delegated rather than simply “dumped” the projects on Jim.

The lesson here is loud and clear: successful delegation requires thoughtful preparation! Interview the individual to whom the project is going, ask questions…agree on answers. These simple steps will ensure a successful outcome. Remember, the rule is to delegate the work, not dump the work.

The final rule for successful delegation is to lose the doubt, increase the trust. This is the tough one. But if you follow the steps above, it will be easier to trust that the outcome will be what you intended.  In fact, it might even be better.

Congratulations, you have taken the first step to deriving results from within.

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Copyright 2007 The RDW Group, Inc.

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