Delegating well is something that many of us talk about, but don’t do well. I have noticed that I often frustrate my staff because I delegate in the manner that I prefer to be delegated to. I am an abstract thinker and prefer my boss to just give me the big picture and I will figure it out. The problem is, most people are not that way – they want and need better “handles” on what you are delegating to them.
I have posted an item before from a friend of mine on a framework for delegating that is very helpful (Delegation – A Supervisor’s Framework). Click here to read that post. Additionally, Michael Hyatt has a very helpful post on his blog this week called The Five Levels of Delegation. His five levels are:
1. Do exactly what I have asked you to do.
2. Research the topic and report back.
3. Research the topic, outline the options, and make a recommendation.
4. Make a decision and then tell me what you did.
5. Make whatever decision you think is best.
A very useful tool. Click here to read the entire post – I believe that you will find it quite helpful – especially if delegating well is a challenge for you as it is for me.
Hope you have a refreshing weekend.