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Harvard Business Review

Delegating Work (HBR 20-Minute Manager Series)

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You know you need to delegate some of your work so that you have time to focus on the things that require your expertise. But it’s not easy to do. Delegating Work quickly walks you through the fundamentals of:• Establishing a productive environment• Assigning the right work to the right people• Conducting an effective hand-off meeting• Monitoring without micromanagingDon't have much time? Get up to speed fast on the most essential business skills with HBR's 20-Minute Manager series. Whether you need a crash course or a brief refresher, each book in the series is a concise, practical primer that will help you brush up on a key management topic. Advice you can quickly read and apply, for ambitious professionals and aspiring executives—from the most trusted source in business. Also available as an ebook.
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  • Nikolay Khokhlovhas quoted7 years ago
    Routinely keeping track of the special skills of your staff members—and logging their skills into the spreadsheet discussed earlier—will help you match people to assignments
  • Nikolay Khokhlovhas quoted7 years ago
    As you compare the skills required with the characteristics and capabilities of your staff members, keep these factors in mind about each person being considered:
    • Growth and development. In what ways could the work address the expressed interests and needs of your staff members to try on new roles or take on stretch assignments?
    • Development of new skills. Consider how an assignment might challenge a staff member to expand his competencies.
    • Availability. You may want to avoid choosing an employee whose work on a more critical project would be interrupted.
    • Previous assignments. Try to delegate tasks even-handedly among your staff members to help improve the skills of each, as well as to avoid the appearance of favoritism.
    • Assistance required. Determine how much help would be needed from you for successful completion of the assignment and how much time you have available.
    • Time on the job. Don’t give new employees extra assignments until they’re fully settled in.
  • Nikolay Khokhlovhas quoted7 years ago
    What interpersonal skills

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