James stared at the project on his desk. It was a tidy project that he could delegate, probably free up four hours of his time this week.
This is where most managers start. For the manager, delegation is your most powerful time management tool.
I asked James to make a list of the benefits of that delegation to his team member. The list was quick. The team member would:
- Learn a new skill.
- See their contribution as valuable.
- Have a better sense of the big picture.
- Experience more job satisfaction.
I asked James if the list had anything to do with time management. As he studied each item, it became clear that, from the manager’s perspective, we were talking about time management, but from the team member’s perspective, we were talking about learning and development. Delegation may be a powerful time management tool, but it is also your most powerful people development tool.