When Delegating, Let Go of the How

Delegation can improve your team's productivity and build skills. But if you're prone to micromanaging, you may not reap the full benefits of passing on work to your direct reports. It's important to realize that other people won't do things exactly the same way you would. Focus less on how they should approach a task and more on the what and the why. For example, explain why the project is important, the key problems they need to resolve, and with whom they might collaborate. Don't hand over a project plan or specific instructions unless you're delegating to more inexperienced staff.

Source: Today's Management Tip was adapted from "Stop Micromanaging and Learn to Delegate" by John Beeson.

Nick Kalikajaros 2017