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Beyond Loving What You Do: Fueling momentum for your team and yourself delegation retention Nov 03, 2021

I was babbling on about work, when she interrupted me and asked, “You really love what you do, don’t you?” I paused and then shared. “Yes. I really do.” 

According to the research Gallup has done on employee engagement, doing what you love every day is one of...

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What Do I Do When Delegation Goes Awry? delegation Oct 27, 2021

I’ve learned some things since I started delegating as a first-time manager. I’ve had some great “wins” and some “learned that from that mistake” kind of moments. My favorite lesson is not to give up when delegation go awry, because most of the time it’s...

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What Makes You Shy Away from Delegating? delegation Oct 20, 2021

Delegation is great in theory and putting it into play is even better >> and a whole lot harder than we expect! There are several reasons why we might shy away from delegating work to others, even when it is a great theory AND even if it will be better in the end. 

Some of the reasons...

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Avoid Micromanaging by Keeping Delegated Tasks Delegated delegation Oct 13, 2021

In the first blog in this series, I shared a story of the first time I delegated an assignment to one of the members on the team. I thought it was a simple assignment of a task that needed to be done. I didn’t really consider what energized or engaged them. I didn’t really have a clue...

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10 "NEW" Ways to Say Thank You delegation Oct 06, 2021

Let’s take a “commercial break” from this series on delegation to highlight an important phrase that is a key to success when delegating: thank you

“Silent gratitude isn’t much to anyone.”

— Gertrude Stein

Often we are too busy to say those...

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Effective Delegation: How Do I “Hand-Off” With Clarity? delegation Sep 29, 2021

When I delegated away my first assignment to someone on my team, I saw it simply as an assignment. Then, I learned that it was so much more than a simple assignment. Effective delegation is a partnership that results in mutual growth. 

Last blog I shared that in delegation you can...

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Delegation: Can it Be More Than Getting Tasks Done? delegation Sep 15, 2021

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? delegation Sep 08, 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...

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What Do I Delegate and What Do I Keep? delegation Sep 01, 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...

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How Do You Know When You Need To Delegate? delegation Aug 25, 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...

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Where Did You Learn To Delegate? delegation Aug 18, 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...

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