You just got the much-deserved promotion or probably, you are right in the middle of chaos; trying your best to tick every check box of your vertical, being a Manager. Do you feel overwhelmed by work, whereas your team feels just the opposite? Or when you tried delegating an important task to one of your bright team members; it turned out to be disaster.
Well the expert say is:
Delegation is a critical skill, “Your most important task is to teach people how to think and ask right questions, so that the world doesn’t go to hell if you take a day off.” Says Jeffrey Pfeffer, the Thomas D. DEE II professor of Organisational Behaviour at Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Delegation not only benefits the managers but the teams and the organisations too. However, it still remains the one of the most underutilised and underdeveloped management capabilities. A study on time management found that close to half of the 332 companies surveyed were concerned about their employee’s delegation skills.
Signs to look for under delegation:
- Under continued pressure in your job, working long hours and taking work home
- Unable to spare time away from the workplace; always needed to organise things and solve problems
- Rarely able to think beyond day to day operations
- Things not getting done because employees fail to fulfil their responsibilities
- Some duplication of efforts because of poor co-ordination between staff
- Staff skills not improving or broadening as you would like
- Frequently interrupted by staff seeking decisions or solutions to problems
To be more efficient and more so effective try:
- Assess personality types of each of your team member and assign tasks accordingly
- Identify and develop skills by being a coach following GROW model
- Putting Herzberg, Maslow, Whale Done or other motivation theories in practise
- Following Thomas Kilmann’s conflict management model
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