“No person will make a great business who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit”, says Andrew Carnegie. Delegation is an essential skill for business owners and entrepreneurs. In attempting to do everything yourself, you are likely to be exposed to avoidable stress and become unable to meet deadlines. If delegation is done properly, it can double your results and save you a lot of time you can devote to other things only you can do for yourself and the business.
Are you may overwhelmed with work, so many extra projects, and you do not know how to go about i? Here are six tips to consider in delegating effectively:
- Determine what needs to be delegated. There may be a million and one things that need to be done; both critical and less important items. Many of them you have to do by yourself, whilst there are several others for which you can use some help. Delegate the less important tasks as well as things you cannot do. This helps you manage your time wisely.
- Use a capable hand. In as much as you need to delegate some tasks, you wouldn’t throw them at just anybody available. You have to observe and look out for the right person with the best skills to carry out the tasks with little or no errors. You also have to make sure the instructions on completing the task is clearly understood by the person who is to do the job.
- Supervise and request feedback. Once expectations have been established, you should set timelines for completion of delegated tasks. Be specific about when you need periodic updates on progress made by the team member and encourage them to feel free to ask for help or clarification in the event that they get stuck.
- Develop trust. Know that there are many ways to get a task done. It does not have to be done your way. This is where trust comes in. You have to trust that the team member you have chosen to carry out the task is capable of executing appropriately. Also, know that when you delegate, you have given the person the right to do it his/her own way.
- Opt for technology/trendy options. Technology can be used for file sharing and scheduling, among other things. In delegating duties, explore your options and use the best type of delegation that suits your type of business and your needs. For example, you can use the Slack mobile app to delegate tasks and follow up with your team members remotely. Even if you outsource certain items to a virtual assistant, you can collaborate seamlessly with the use of technology.
- Make resources available: Ensure that the relevant resources are made available to your team members. Do not hesitate to send useful articles links, tips and other resources to empower them for excellent delivery.
What other tips do you consider in delegating tasks at work?