Delegation is one of the areas that is an opportunity for improvement for many professionals today. In a context which is ever changing, and priorities can pull us in many directions, the art of delegation can be very important as you about getting things done, especially if you have a team around you.
Delegation is truly an art form. It’s not just about “getting something off your plate” but rather ensuring that it’s passed off to someone who can get it done and grow.
Check out this LinkedIn post I wrote a while ago on delegation –“Effective Delegation: Your Keys to Success”.
In the spirit of keeping things simple I often share the 5 Ws and an H when I am speaking with leaders and virtual team members about delegation. Here’s what I wrote about delegation using this approach over at the Teams365 blog a while ago:
“We can apply the 5 Ws to Delegation:
What - What do you want to delegate? What are the specifics? What resources do they need to complete this?
Who - Who will you delegate to? Do they have the skills required? What support do they need along the way?
When - What are the major milestones along the way? How will you check in, and when?
Why - Why is this task important? Have you communicated the big picture?
Where - Where does the work need to take place?
How - What are the steps/actions required? How will it be measured? How will you all know it has been successful?”
Questions to consider :
What are the 5 Ws for you right now around delegation?
What do you want to make sure you delegate?
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Jennifer Britton is the blogger behind the popular Teams365 blog, a daily,blog for team leaders and members since 2014. Her latest publication is the PlanDoTrack Workbook and Planner. Pick up a copy at Amazon.
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