Spacefem (spacefem) wrote,
Spacefem
spacefem

delegation

How to delegate an assignment

1) Get title of assignment
2) Maybe ask a very simple question for clarification, like... what airplane model is this for?
3) Send to new guy
4) If you're afraid new guy can't handle it, maybe send it along with "my step 1 would be ____"
5) If you don't hear anything from new guy, go ask how it's going

How to NOT delegate an assignment

1) Get title of assignment
2) Ask ALL relevant questions in personal meetings with interested parties
3) Schedule 1-hour meeting with new guy
4) Present new guy with detailed list of all considerations, possible risks and pitfalls, based on your meetings and 20 years of experience
5) Smile and say "this is an opportunity for you"
6) If you don't hear anything from new guy, go to all other interested parties, gather more information, tell new guy you're just taking this one back after two days but you'll cc him on your emails.

In other words... the best way to delegate is to step back and depend on the other person to sort out the gaps. Do not sort out every single thing in your head and speed ten miles down the highway from the person you're trying to delegate to, shouting back, "Why aren't you wiiiiithhhhh meeeeee..."
Tags: management
Subscribe

Posts from This Journal “management” Tag

  • Non-profit vs. for-profit leadership

    For my birthday I asked my lj friends to ask me questions to inspire future entries. metawidget asked a really interesting question that…

  • things your supervisor should do

    A mentor told me that when problems come up, sometimes the best thing I can do is NOT try to solve them. It's to engage the team. The best response…

  • inbox zero

    Oh my gosh I get so much more email now that I'm in customer service. I got a lot before... I never kept track of how many, but I'd count my sent…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

  • 3 comments