Joined: 13 Dec 2006
Location: Cleveland, OH
|Posted: Dec Sun 17, 2006 2:43 pm Post subject: Delegate
Top 10 Reasons to Delegate
The art of delegation is anything but the practice of "dumping" responsibility off of your plate onto that of someone else. Delegation requires a vision toward maximizing your time and talents by focusing on the right mix of things to achieve your larger objectives. Here are some solid reasons for dealing out tasks that are best performed by someone else:
1. Frees up your time and energy to perform at a higher level because there is less clutter.
2. Lets you see more clearly what kinds of tasks or projects REALLY could use your direct attention.
3. Dispatches responsibility to others working in your immediate group and fosters team building. Make sure that the objectives of the responsibilities are clear and agreed-to in order to maximize buy-in.
4. Lends a new dimension as to how things can be done.
Cross-pollination can lead to interesting results!
5. Builds others' skills and esteem.
Lets others have a go at a task previously performed by someone else, most likely someone at a higher level in the organization. Delegating reflects trust in the other party's ability to perform.
6. By appropriately delegating, you create for yourself a more professional, streamlined appearance to the outside world.
7. Delegation reduces delay.
Demonstrates an ability to manage with an eye toward getting tasks into action and not letting them wait their turn on an already-full plate.
8. Creates greater efficiency if tasks are delegated to and performed by individuals with more expertise than you have.
No need to spend time reinventing the wheel. There are outside vendors and consultants for just about anything. Be sure, though, not to overlook in-house expertise.
9. Can help work to get accomplished on time.
Sometimes an outside source is more dependable than we ourselves are at getting something signed, sealed and delivered! Consider automation as a form of delegation.
10. Skillful delegation creates win-win situations for all involved.
Submitted by Marla Platt, B.A., M.B.A., firstname.lastname@example.org ©1997-9, by Coach U