Week 43 Focus — Delegation
Focus Question: What are the tasks which you need to let go of and have others complete?
There’s usually never enough time to get things done in our work. One area which most professionals struggle with is delegation. This is particularly challenging when working in the remote space as we need to be even more specific and strategic in what we can delegate, to whom and what it can look like.
Delegation is successful when we are clear about the task that needs to be completed, when we ensure that the person doing has the resources and authority to get it done, and that we also follow up regularly with the task.
Throughout the last three decades of my career, in teams large and small, intact and remote, I’ve found delegation to be a growth edge for everyone – leaders and team members alike.
In the spirit of keeping things simple, I have had people reflect on the 5Ws and an H of delegation as they think about:
In this week’s post, I’m inviting you to take stock of all the things that are on your plate. As you consider past focus areas like the 80/20 Rule, what do you notice about where you are getting your impact and results in your work? You may recall that the 80/20 Rule – also known as Pareto’s Principle - indicates that we tend to get 80% of our impact from approximately 20% of our efforts.
Key Tasks I need to do (or delegate): _____________________________
Identify one or two tasks you would consider delegating. Using the following chart, work through the associated questions:
Connection to the Workbook and Planner
Delegation is covered in Section 4 of the Coaching Business Builder and PlanDoTrack. Review the sections in either these.
Review your current Monthly To Do List – you’ll find 12 of them in the Planner Section at the back. Each month be sure to make a list of all the tasks, projects and activities you have on your plate. While this can feel overwhelming you may get good at “triaging” the list early in the month, so that there is ample time to delegate tasks, schedule and defer others.
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