From the Ask Tom mailbag –
I feel like I am in big trouble. I was just promoted to manager. So, I understand I am the one who is supposed to make all the decisions, and that I am accountable for all the results.
But, it seems like I have to make up all the plays, call the plays, take the snap, throw the football, catch the football, and run for the touchdown. I am a bit overwhelmed.
Did you forget to block? My guess is you worked over the weekend and logged about 60 hours last week. Your manager probably told you had to delegate, but that has not been in your nature, you don’t have a habit of delegating.
Delegation is more than a series of steps –
- Selecting the task to delegate.
- Selecting the person to delegate to.
- Holding a delegation meeting.
- Describing the purpose and vision of the completed task.
- Describing the specific performance standard, goal or objective.
- Describing the guidelines, constraints, budget, access to resources.
- Creating the action plan.
- Setting the interim followup.
- Evaluating the execution.
Delegation is a mindset. Your first question is not how something should be done, but who? Yes, you have the accountability for the outcome, but you have to accomplish it in a whole new way. And, delegation must become a habit. Over and over. Again. -Tom