FROM THE DESK OF MIKE L SMITH, PROFIT-POINT SUCCESS ADVISORS (www.Profit-Point.net)
One of the hallmarks of good management is being able to successfully delegate tasks.
By entrusting others with responsibility and authority, you help them become more fulfilled and productive.
At the same time, you benefit from greater efficiency and the freedom to focus your time and attention on the larger strategic aspects of your business.
It’s tough to let go of the reins of a business you started, nurtured and grew.
Delegation entails risk, and it forces you to relinquish control and share responsibility.
However, if you want your business to grow, you have to learn to rely on other people.
As a small business owner, it is wise to approach delegation slowly, starting with small tasks.
It is usually best to delegate an entire task to one person, as this increases their motivation to accomplish the task and leaves no question about who is accountable for its completion.
It is also important to delegate the task, and not the method of accomplishing it.
Specify clearly what you expect in the way of results and your timeframe for achieving those results, then give the employee or outsource provider sufficient authority and responsibility to achieve the goal.
You should remain available as a resource and coach, but not micromanage or undermine the process.
If you’re not satisfied with the progress being made, don’t immediately take the project back.
Maintain open lines of communication and offer support and guidance – even constructive criticism.
Continue to work with the employee and ensure that they perceive completing the project to be their responsibility.
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