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Grow your people's competency and experience
As leaders, we have many responsibilities, but still only have 24 hours in every day to get things done (except for those two days a year when we mess with the clocks for no good reason, but don’t get me started).
However, our team is there to get things done, too. And if we have them do more (and respect and reward their successes), everyone wins.
Start by looking at your to-do list, and see if you can delegate at least one item off of it each day.
Delegate to your people to give them experience doing something they will need to do well as they move up in the organization.
Delegate things that will save your project budget if someone with a lower hourly rate can do them.
Delegate things they will enjoy doing or get satisfaction from completing.
Avoid the trap of “it’s just faster if I do it myself.” Consider that, while delegating this first time may take more time and effort than doing it yourself (explaining, correcting, returning it to the person to refine it, and doing quality control when the polished version gets back to you), that initial extra effort will SAVE time on all future projects, since the person now knows how to do that task more expertly.
Your people want to grow. They want to succeed. They can do that faster and more effectively if you give them opportunities to gain experience and polish their skillset.
What can you delegate today?