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Delegation

A good professional knows that delegation is a required action in order to cope with the growing work duties and to climb faster in the career ladder.

Delegation is the handing of a task over to another person. But what is the criteria to choose a task for delegation?

One might be led to think that you should delegate the tasks you don’t want to perform and, in fact, that is what happens most of time. And that’s why there are so many bad managers.

Delegate tasks to someone who can potentially perform the task as good (or better) than you.

Don’t delegate tasks to someone just because he has more free time than you.

Delegate tasks to which you won’t add significant value.

Don’t delegate tasks just because you find them boring.

Delegate tasks but be available to give advice and guidance.

Don’t delegate tasks and runaway, only to appear on the given deadline.

Do tell people what to do, why to do it and when to do it. Don’t just tell them to do it.

If done right, delegation can create the opportunity for you to grow as well as your colleagues. Done wrong, it can produce poor results and weaken professional relationships.

Última actualização: 25/01/2007

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  1. Michael Wade Janeiro 26, 2007 at 15:41 #

    Great list, Pedro, and it goes right to the key points.

    I’d add:

    Make sure they have sufficient resources and authority to do the task and that they don’t have to waste time getting your clearance in order to use the resources. Set interim deadlines as well as a final one so you can prevent procrastination and learn of any communication problems. Don’t delegate tasks, such as terminating an employee, that are truly your responsibility. Tell people what you want to see in the finished product and then tell them what you don’t want to see.

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