The Art of Delegating

Assigning tasks to others is a key managerial skill

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A colleague of mine spent a tough first year adjusting to being promoted to "acting manager." Recently, though, she told me how much she enjoyed managing her team of seven professionals. What had changed? She had learned how to delegate, and now believes that acquiring this one managerial skill was crucial for her career.

Another engineer I know, Ray, has 20 years' experience and a team that he supervises, but he wasn't keeping track of what his people were doing and wasn't deploying them effectively. As a result, Ray was being held back from a promotion. His problem? He hadn't learned how to delegate work to his people.

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