‘Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.’ – Matthew 11:29
Last week, we talked about the Modified 10/80/10 Principle. I hope you have had a chance to reflect on it and/or put it into practice. Perhaps you started using this tool on a minor project, or a major one. I also hope you have felt a sense of peace, a physical rest and a spiritual rest as you realized its benefits. It may take some time before you can look back and see how not doing everything provides so many benefits:
Integrated with Part 1 of the Modified 10/80/10 Principle is another relevant management tool, delegation. The Cambridge Dictionary defines delegation as “the act of delegating a particular job, duty, right etc. to someone.” The delegation of responsibility is a key component of an employer’s or manager’s job. It is crucial to productivity and efficiency in the workplace.
As you work through the above management tool, you have likely seen how important it is to have the right people on a project. Don’t give up if you observe people are struggling: they may just need some more direction. Be aware if they are starting to exhibit signs of stress: they may just need encouragement.
Assigning certain people to certain projects is one aspect to delegating, assigning others to handle the daily or regular tasks you normally do to someone else is another. Just s working on too many projects can fatigue you, and keep you from doing what only you can do, so can having too many minor tasks.
The first step is to review your week to determine what tasks you could consider delegating. However, do not jump right into delegating as there is preparation you should be doing. This is especially true if you are new to delegating or your staff is not accustomed to you actually giving responsibility to someone else for something you normally do.
It will be interesting to see how many things you notice you could delegate. Try to find at least 5, whether they are minor or major. Write them out, plan who would be best to handle these tasks, and begin to delegate them this week.
Bonny, Christian Women at Work