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Management And Delegation Skills
Every manager has two jobs - that of supervisor and that of coach. “Supervisor: One who directs and inspects work. Coach: A vehicle for going between places; One who teaches or trains.” In order to be effective, you must balance the skills of each of these roles.
Want to become a role model for other managers and significantly improve your ability to delegate? Try these strategies.
1. Set and Follow Goals
Goals work - IF you write them on paper and share them with your team members. We encourage the involvement of the team in planning goals that they share responsibility for.
In order to be certain the goal has the greatest chance of succeeding, compare it against the following criteria: Is the goal SMART?
Specific - an exact number or quantity
Measurable - a way to know you've reached it
Ambitious - almost beyond your reach
Realistic - you must believe its possible
Time-dated: you must have deadlines
2. Encourage Risk Taking
If you take risks, you will fail - and then you will succeed. Failure is the only path to success. Nothing worth doing was ever done well the first time, or the second time.
Answer the following two questions honestly: In your organization, and in your management style, is there more reward for success or for effort? Is there more punishment for failure or for lack of effort?
Risk taking is prevalent in environments in which there is almost as much reward for effort as for success, and where there is more punishment for lack of effort than for failure.
Reward for effort, punish for lack of effort.
3. Delegate More Effectively
I've yet to meet the manager who honestly feels they delegate as fully and effectively as they would like. Yet we know delegation is an essential part of management. Some guidelines for better delegation are:
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