So it is important to learn how to delegate. Recognize the tasks that you are doing that may be important but can truly be performed by a member of the staff. Pick the right person for the task and then communicate the requirements of the task. Include the quality, timing, and the end game of the task: how it will be known that the task is done and the results have been achieved as expected. Establish the ground rules for communication so that it becomes a win/win for both you and the delegate.
Ultimately, the use of delegation will open new possibilities for empowerment so that the team member not only successfully completes the tasks but finds new tools and processes that make life easier for everyone. Get yourself out of the quagmire of activities that are holding you back from being a successful leader and manager. Commit now to find better ways to get things done through people.
Debra Thompson is president of TG & Associates, a consulting firm specializing in human resources for the graphics industry. Debra can be reached toll free at 877-842-7762 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more at www.myprintresource.com/10139915.