Volume 5, Issue 4

Coach Vickie Bevenour, PCC  - www.CoachVickie.com

May 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

May 2007


Is there a clear path to successful delegation?

Most managers find that successful delegation is, at worst impossible and at best, frustrating. Successful delegation takes discipline and when facilitated correctly will save you lots of time.  Most of us are so used to doing everything ourselves that it seems harder to delegate than to “just do it ourselves”. Delegation is a skill, like any other skill, it must be practiced in order to be perfected. Delegating tasks provides you a perfect opportunity to grow and mentor others in the organization.  Working with business professionals who are desperate to learn how to effectively delegate, I give them one simple acronym…DANE. 





Here are a few simple rules, which if followed will ensure that you get the results that you want the first time and every time that you delegate:

Delegate, don’t drop to strengths. Many of you have heard me say many times that if you are working in an area that uses your strengths you will be happier and more successful. That is also true of delegating; always delegate a job to someone who has the strength to do the task at hand. Don’t drop; you have to be very clear on exactly what it is that you want the outcome of this activity to be. Not just a letter, or a meeting or a program, but clear communication of the high level components, how success will be measured and who this will be directed to. Take the time to explain each step. If you don't have the information get it before you delegate.

Automate. Use a frequent reporting process. Most delegations fail because the person delegated to will get too far down the road before they check to see if they are even on the right highway. Just because you agreed up front on what this should look like, it is better to check in along the way. If you can automate this check in process, that is even better.  Finally, if you delegate a repetitive task, think about automating the entire task that you are delegating.  

Negotiate the task to be completed.  Is there a shorter way?  Can you start with a higher level view? How important is the task?  Can it be done more quickly if you approach it from a different viewpoint?  Can it be combined with another process, task or system?

Eliminate.  Does the task truly need to be completed?  What would be the worst that would happen if it did not get done?  If you were to simply say no to 20% of the requests that come across your desk what would you do with that time?

The final rule for successful delegation is to lose the doubt, increase the trust. This is the hard one. If you follow all of the steps above, it will be easier to trust that the outcome will be what you want. Who knows? It might even be better.

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

If you like the tip, let us know but more important, share it with a friend or colleague. As always, YOUR SUCCESS IS MY GREATEST PLEASURE.

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