Effective Delegation Delivers Desired Results

You just don’t have the time. It’s easier and quicker for you to do it rather than taking the time to delegate it to someone else to do. You can do it in 15 minutes – but it will surely take longer to properly hand-off and oversee someone else to do it. It’s a perspective that is pervasive in businesses and from business leaders. It may work for a one-time, one-off task or activity, but this is not an effective use of your time. If this is the way you work (and the answer to that question for most of us, just between you and me, is a quiet and hushed “yes”) there’s some work you need to do to capitalize on an opportunity to do better.

baton hand offTo increase your productivity and effectiveness, you have to stop doing and start managing – and by managing – that means getting things done through others.

One of the major obstacles to delegation is the thought, “no one else can do it as well as me.” At least it always seems that way, but it’s almost never true. To the contrary, if delegated effectively to an even “more qualified” person than you (perish the thought – right?!), it may not only get done differently but even better than you. And if that weren’t the case – if it took twice as long for someone else to do the task and they did it only 90% as well as you could do it? You and your team or company could still probably be way ahead. Getting things that can be done by someone else off your plate means you can spend your time doing things that no one else can do or do as well. It means you, your team and your company can be more productive, more effective, and adding real value. But for this to work, you have to delegate effectively.

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