As leaders, we often find ourselves in situations where we are repeating ourselves. Wouldn’t it be ideal if we could have a ‘one and done’ philosophy where our team is given a task or project and it is completed to spec? What if I told you that this isn’t just a dream? I’ve worked with clients that have team members who embrace ‘one and done’ and these leaders no longer have the drudgery of back and forth. The solution to ineffective delegation is formulaic and quick to implement.
There is effective delegation, and there is “rubber band” delegation: when we delegate something and it snaps back to us.
. The result? More energy, better results from your team, and less frustration for you.
5-Step Effective Delegation Process
This fosters ownership and reduces the likelihood of the order giver-order taker dynamic—which crushes the spirit of ownership, innovation, and empowerment.
Here’s a decision framework my clients like. Feel free to edit this process to serve your needs best.
Why Delegation Fails
Often delegation fails simply because we didn’t follow the processes above. It’s important to consider the following two questions when pondering why delegation isn’t working effectively in your company.
The answers will empower you to see into your blindspots while the processes above will ensure that your team embraces the ‘one and done’ philosophy. Effective delegation increases the amount of time that you will have to focus on the items that will move the needle in your business.