Time Management Skills - 5 Delegation Strategies for Team-Building Success

Published: 25th January 2008
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Time management improves when you inspire cooperation from others. But does your delegation style work for or against you? Take this quiz to find out. Then apply these 5 Delegating Power Principles to win support and get the job done!

Strengthen your team-building skills:

• Take this quiz to learn your delegating style.

• Explore how your methods match up to new delegating practices.

• Use the 5 Delegating Power Principles to make the most of your time and others'.

Delegating Quiz

I delegate by

1. (T F) Assigning the tasks to the people who have the most time on their hands.

2. (T F) Gradually giving them more power to accomplish the goals as they show results.

3. (T F) Offering my detailed blueprint of how to proceed, based on what works for me.

4. (T F) Checking in with them often and unannounced, to make sure they are on track.

5. (T F) Warning them that future assignments depend upon their not making mistakes.

If you have answered "True" to the preceding questions, you have learned well from prior generations of taskmasters. However, you may not be happy with your results. All too often, this traditional approach generates frustration and gobbles up time, because it fails to take into consideration 5 important principles:

5 Delegating Power Principles

1. Honor the enormous variety in people's aptitudes. The more you appreciate this, the more capably you can handpick the person whose strengths match your job at hand.

2. Delegate the responsibility to meet a goal and the full authority required for successful completion simultaneously, at the onset. Encourage the person to notify you if they need more support of any kind to get the task completed.

3. Never assume that what works well for you will work well for others. Provide your delegates with the freedom to find their own way. Assign tasks in terms of goals, not methods, and encourage your assistants to call upon their own strengths and creativity to meet your objective.

4. Appreciate that people thrive under different levels of supervision. You'll benefit by cooperatively working out a system of checking in with one another. When you invest time in constructive, consensual review, you enjoy rich dividends. You and your colleagues will find this much more enjoyable and productive than old-style hovering!

5. Spark initiative by allowing room for mistakes. By supporting reasonable trial and error, you allow room for new discoveries. You encourage your support system to do its best by you providing space for experimentation. When you extend latitude and good will, your assistants will respond with increased confidence, cooperation and loyalty.

What is your next step to find more time?

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