Sharing the load can feel risky, especially for new managers. However, by effectively delegating tasks, the responsibility of team outcomes (and the burden) is shared. Ultimately, this leads to better employee engagement, and better outcomes as well.
- Let's face it, there just aren't enough hours…in the day to accomplish all of the things we need,…let alone want to do.…In order to maximize your time at work,…you must learn to effectively delegate.…This can be challenging because you might think,…if this is going to get done well, I need to do it myself.…Or it's faster for me to do this myself…than explain it to someone else.…Now you're clearly good at completing these tasks.…That's part of why you were identified…to manage this team.…
But in order for you to take on…the work of leading and managing,…you'll need to get some tasks off your plate.…To help you delegate effectively,…ask yourself the four Ws of delegation…and remember how with these four tips.…Starting with the first W, what.…What task needs to be completed?…What's something that's on your to-do list…that you just can't seem to get to?…Or what pressing project is coming up?…That leads to the next question.…When exactly is the deadline?…Once you've established what needs to be done and by when,…you can think about the next question.…
- List the best arrangement for delegating responsibility.
- Recognize the characteristics of the five phases of the team development cycle.
- Explain the importance of taking time to build genuine personal relationships with team members.
- Identify the element that begins and ends the development cycle.
- Determine when to CC someone on a message.
- Recall the benefits of organizing venues for casual or informal contact among virtual team members.
- Summarize the steps to take following a discreet meeting with a difficult team member.