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Delegation: Can it be more than getting tasks done?

If you have been a leader for any length of time you have been delegating. You cannot lead without delegating. You are already doing it — now how can you get the most of it? The greatest impact of delegating is moving beyond simply getting the tasks done. The power of delegating is found in…
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How Do I Delegate to the Right Person?

By Annie Perdue Olson | September 9, 2021 |

Early in my leadership career, I saw delegation more like giving an assignment. It turns out that the “class assignment” model didn’t work very well for me in the story I started in my first blog in this series. Ultimately my demise was the tension between what I wanted and what she needed that for…

What do I delegate and what do I keep?

By Annie Perdue Olson | September 1, 2021 |

In this blog series, I have been sharing a story early in my career about how I learned to delegate through the eye-opening process of making rookie mistakes. I was unclear on what the employee needed, in fact, I hadn’t even thought to ask. Sadly, it ended in her resignation. I needed to make some…

How Do You Know When You Need To Delegate?

By Annie Perdue Olson | August 26, 2021 |

Last blog I shared a story of how I failed at delegating early in my career. As it turns out, I ended up humbly accepting the resignation of my employee because of my rookie mistakes. Before I hired her replacement, I knew I needed to make a few adjustments. Delegating is more than giving an…

Where Did You Learn To Delegate?

By Annie Perdue Olson | August 19, 2021 |

Where did you learn to delegate? Most of us didn’t have a class in delegation, yet it’s one of the most important tasks of a leader. Leaders must move from getting things done . . . to getting things done through others. A big assumption in that transition is: DELEGATION. It’s not like we are…

To Meet or Not To Meet: That Is The Question

By Annie Perdue Olson | August 13, 2021 |

I like “short cuts”: making things easy but still useful. The best shortcuts get us to the destination without creating more chaos along the way, right? I was recently involved in a project with unclear goals and multiple people involved from both inside and outside the organization with differing perspectives. I was trying to take…

Your 1:1 Meetings: Move Beyond the Simple Checklist

By Annie Perdue Olson | August 6, 2021 |

Dion was just coming out of a meeting with his manager. The frazzled look on his face told everyone how that meeting went. Dion was more stressed and more overwhelmed by the meeting. Like too many other meetings, his already lengthy to-do list got longer and his energy got lower. The bounce in his step…