How to delegate work (effectively)? πŸ“₯

Background β€” Why am I answering this question?

Yesterday, I attended a webinar by Peter Akkies, a productivity consultant who I have been following for a few months now on various platforms. It was super nice and he even answered some of my questions. He published a blog post today β€” Flipping the script: you teach me! β€” asking a question to readers:

What’s the no. 1 thing you learned about outsourcing or delegating effectively?

And here are my two cents.

1. Choose the right candidate

Measure twice, cut once. β€” Russian Proverb

If you have the benefit of choice in this matter, invest time in evaluating various candidates who are suitable and interested.

2. Communicate expectations clearly

A stitch in time saves nine. β€” English Proverb

The chosen candidate should be clearly aware of their deliverables and timelines.

3. Take responsibility for outcomes

Responsibility is the price of greatness. β€” Winston Churchill

If you are the principal who assigns work to an agent, remember to also work towards achieving a balance in accepting responsibility for work outcomes.

Don’t over-do either of the above. When we delegate work, we are generally aware of the former part of the equation and yet we may overlook the latter.

4. Coach associates, impart skills

The one who teaches is the giver of eyes. β€” Tamil Proverb

Investing time in coaching people can be an enriching experience

Furthermore, provide them the space to learn and grow; and to make mistakes. This encourages them to think for themselves and be more productive with time.

5. Pay fair consideration for work

Fairness is man’s ability to rise above his prejudices. β€” Wes Fesler

Find the appropriate candidate within your means without crossing these two lines

If you require it, upgrade to better services later when you have yourself grown and have greater allocable resources. This could either be more people or more qualified associates.

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