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How to Delegate & Save Yourself Time
By Gregory P. Smith, President, Chart Your Course International

Effective delegation is an important tool that some managers hesitate to use. Here are eight basic guidelines to help you delegate more effectively

Effective delegation is an important tool that some managers hesitate to use. This may result from inexperience with delegation particularly for a novice manager, a reluctance to release work one personally enjoys doing, or even an adherence to the old adage, "If you want something done right, do it yourself."

Here are eight basic guidelines to help you delegate more effectively:

Determine what you will delegate. You decide which task(s) you want to delegate. Keep in mind that delegating is different from simply assigning someone a task that is already a part of the normal job requirements. When you delegate, you give someone else one of your job tasks; but you maintain control and responsibility.

Clarify the results you want. Determine the results you consider necessary for successful completion of the task. In general, the employee to whom you delegate uses his or her own methods to accomplish the task. If you expect use of a specific method to accomplish results, relate that to the employee at the beginning.

Clearly define the employee


Gregory P. Smith, author of The New Leader, and How to Attract, Keep and Motivate Your Workforce. He speaks at conferences, leads seminars and helps organizations solve problems. He leads an organization called Chart Your Course International located in Conyers, Georgia. Phone him at (770)860-9464 or email greg@chartcourse.com. More information is available at http://www.chartcourse.com.

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