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How to Delegate by Robert Heller

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Maintaining the Boundaries

When monitoring progress, ensure that the boundary between yourself and the task remains clear. Your delegate is now responsible for doing the work. If there are difficulties, the line may have to be crossed, but you should step back as soon as possible.

TIP

Having delegated a task, do not interfere with how it is done.

TIP

If you have to take back a task, start looking for a new delegate at once.

Stepping back

As a delegation proceeds, you should gradually reduce the frequency of review meetings. This is especially the case when dealing with first-time delegates who may require more intensive supervision at the outset. Meeting very frequently defeats the object of delegation and reduces the delegate’s, and ...

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