Delegating for Large Projects - Phase 1
Determine if delegating is the best approach
Before delegating a project or large task, think through at least the following questions:
- Does someone on the team have the aptitude and/or skills to do it? If not, does enough time exist for someone to be trained to an appropriate level?
- If you delegate the project to someone, does the person have enough time in his/her schedule to take it on?
- Will the person to whom you delegate assume responsibility, authority, and accountability? If not, how will you compensate?
More questions can be asked, but the idea in Phase 1 is to evaluate the chances of success and not pass along work that will get abandoned.
To that end, here are more questions -- and you will want a "yes" answer for each (or the work might not get done):
- Will the person assume an obligation in his/her heart to do the work?
- Do you feel comfortable giving control of the project to this person?
- Will you let the person retain control (that is, will you not take it back)?
- Will this person be able to produce a finished product that meets your mutual agreement?
If you can answer "yes" to those questions, you're ready for Phase 2.
See Phase 3
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