The Art of Delegation

Years ago, one of the most difficult things for me to do was to delegate important assignments or client work to someone else. I’ve taught myself the fine art of delegation and doing so without micro-managing the person or team member you’re delegating to. If you’re an entrepreneur whose business is growing, these tips may help you as well:

  • Trust your hiring process. Make sure that you’ve put in place an iron clad hiring process that will provide you with insight into the work ethic of potential candidates. This is especially critical when you work site unseen with virtual team members. The interviewing process can be time consuming and stressful. If you need help with this key piece, feel free to contact me, as I have excellent references when it comes to recruiting in various industries and sectors. 
  • Schedule weekly or daily verbal or written updates with your team member or employee. This will ensure that they stay on top of things and understand the importance of meeting deadlines. Delegation only works if the team member you delegate to is freeing up your time. If you find that you’re constantly giving reminders to the team member to do the work you’ve delegated or to send in updates, it’s time to find someone else.
  • Delegate with confidence. Let your team member know that the reason you’re delegating the work is because you trust their work ethic and believe in their skill set and then let them have at it. When you allow team members to prove their worth, those worthy will rise to the top. It’s a great way to build confidence as well.

If you have tips that have worked for you, please feel free to share in the comments.


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