Common Delegation Challenges
These are common challenges people face when gaining expertise in delegation. Tackling these challenges head-on can help you learn this skill quicker.I am a Product Manager at a mid-sized technology company. I have been given the responsibility of launching a new product, and I will need to work with a team of engineers, designers, and marketers. However, I find it challenging to delegate tasks to my team members because I struggle with trusting others to meet my quality standards. What are some tips that will help me feel more comfortable with delegating?I'm a Senior Software Engineer at a startup. My manager has asked me to delegate some tasks to the junior developers on our team. However, I am hesitant to do so because I'm worried that they don't have enough experience to handle the complexity of the project. How can I assess the skills and capabilities of these team members to make sure that I delegate appropriate tasks to them?Work on your own challenge with the Practica AI Coach
How to DelegateEffective delegation requires clear communication, trust, and understanding of team members' strengths and weaknesses. It involves setting clear expectations, providing resources, and empowering team members to make decisions.
- How to Delegate Work So It Actually Gets DoneDave sets some expectation with delegation (the person assigned the task may not do it as well as you!), and then six steps on how to do it right, including: 1) Delegate problems, not tasks 2) Coach, don’t instruct
When to DelegateDelegation should be used when tasks require specialized skills or expertise, when there is a need for efficiency, or when leaders need to focus on higher-level tasks. It is important to consider team members' workload and capabilities before delegating tasks.
- How a single conversation with my boss changed my view on delegation and failureMargaret explains how delegation inherently involves some risk. Delegation helps team members learn new skills, and initially they may do the assigned task slower and less effectively. If there isn't a little bit of "going off the rails" happening, then you're not delegating enough.
Delegation at Early-Stage StartupsAt early-stage startups, delegation can be challenging due to limited resources and a small team. However, it is crucial for growth and scalability. Leaders should prioritize tasks and delegate based on team members' skills and interests. Communication and feedback are key to successful delegation in this context.
- DIY vs DelegateFred provides practical tips on how early-stage founders can get better at delegation, such as: ask investors and other founders for help when you hit 50 team members, and hire a "utility infielder" as your first business hire.