Keys to Delegating Work So It Gets Done – Part 3: Finding the Right Person to Do the Work

Successful delegation is one of the most critical skill sets a Supervisor or Manager needs to develop. Being able to delegate successfully helps you tap into the potential of your staff. Learn how to find the right people to delegate to, and identify what they need to do the task successfully.

In my previous 2 posts: Keys to Delegation Part 1  and Part 2,  I discussed some of the first steps on how to delegate effectively.  These were:

  • The basic process for delegating successfully.
  • How to identify tasks that make good candidates to delegate.

In this post, I’ll discuss 2 other vital things to consider when planning your delegation– finding the right person to do the task, and making sure they have what they need to accomplish it.

Finding the Right Person 

To identify good candidates, consider the following questions:

  • What expertise is needed to do the task.
  • Who has it?
  • Who with that expertise is available?
  • Is that person willing to help?

Determining What They Need

Once you’ve identified a good candidate, you also need to consider what they need to do the task.  These can include things like:

  • Information
  • Equipment
  • Access to or cooperation from other people.
  • The necessary time.
  • The necessary authority

Example: The Monthly Budget Report

Assume for a minute that you have responsibility for generating the monthly budget report.  It’s a real headache and involves gathering information, putting it in a spreadsheet, analyzing variances and summarizing the information.

To date, you’ve done the whole thing yourself, including sending it out.  In Part 2 you realized that it was actually a very good candidate for delegating many of the tasks involved in it to several of your staff members.  By going through the questions above you determined that:

  • One of your staff members could gather some of the information if you taught him how.
  •  Another person who knew spreadsheets and reports could enter the information and generate the report.
  • Your Admin Assistant is very happy to handle the distribution for you.

This allows you to concentrate your efforts on the real part of the process that takes your expertise–summarizing the information and explaining the variances.

So, by doing some analysis it turns out that you can delegate some of the tasks for this responsibility that have taken up a good chunk of your time.  And since you’ve learned how to start delegating work that you’ve traditionally done yourself to your staff, you’ll probably be more prone to  start looking at your other responsibilities for tasks to delegate as well.

So, How Do You Learn How to Delegate?

To start learning how to delegate effectively,  see KAWConsulting’s  “Delegating for Results”electronic handbook that takes you step by step through the delegation process.

Available in both Kindle and PDF

To meet the demands of our global users, “Delegating For Results is now available in both Kindle and PDF versions.  U.S. purchasers can purchase both.  International users eligible to purchase from Amazon can purchase the Kindle Version.  Both versions allow you to have it accessible each time you need to delegate a task.

KINDLE Version

For information on the Kindle version either click here, or visit your applicable Amazon website and input “Delegating For Results” in the search criteria.

PDF Version

For U.S. users, the PDF version allows you to store “Delegating For Results” on your computer so you have it accessible each time you need to delegate a task.  It includes hyperlinks so you can jump right to the page or section you need without having to spend time scrolling through unneeded pages.  You can purchase single copies or share with additional users by purchasing additional licenses.  This makes it easy for organizations to increase the productivity of their staffs.

You can buy single copies for the low price of $15.95.

 Sharing with additional users is also easy–just purchase additional licenses at $14.95 per user.

To view a sample and instructions on how to purchase online click here

Note:  The PDF Version is available to U.S. purchasers only.


Why Worry About Social Media?

Ever wondered how to answer someone that asks what’s the value of all this social networking stuff? Or why would anyone ever use Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, You Tube, etc. and how do they relate to each other?

You can play the role of an expert and develop your own answer by solving the case in this posting. A great way to learn by doing!

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Introduction: Ever wondered how to answer someone that asks what’s the value of all this social networking/media stuff?  Or why would anyone ever use Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, You Tube, etc. and how do they relate to each other?

Well, here’s a way to learn by playing the role of an expert and advising someone else asking the same basic question.  The case below challenges you to test your creativity and advise someone on the impact of changes being caused as a result of social networking. In this case it’s your friends (a brother and sister) who as you’ll see in the scenario don’t understand social media, but are being impacted by it in a real way.

This scenario is based on one of the important types of change—the need to adapt to changes in the environment caused by events largely outside of your control. In this case, the change is because of social media.

To play:

  • Read the scenario below.
  • Then develop some advice.
  • If you want to share your ideas, post your response on Twitter #KAWConsulting so others can respond and share their ideas as well.

  • Better yet, share this challenge with others (friends, colleagues, etc.)  and get them to respond as well.  (It can be the start of a collaborative learning community).

  • Or, leave a comment.  (Comments will be public so be advised that others viewing this posting will be able to see them).


Your friends own and run a party store. The store has been in their family for 30 years. Their father started it back in the 80’s, and now they run it. The key to being successful for so long has been based on:

– Location (it’s in a suburban strip mall with easy access from several local single family house developments).

– Carrying the right inventory—supplies for birthday parties, holidays, graduations, weddings, etc.

– Affordable prices

– Marketing—they have display ads in the local phone directory, advertise in the community paper, support school events, etc.

Lately their business is going down, while they’ve noticed that one of their competitors seems awfully busy. This concerns them—along with the fact that their income is taking quite a nose dive.

Consequently, your friends hired a mystery shopper and find out that their competitor is using some strange new techniques, that frankly they had never really heard of. Apparently, the competitor has something called a Blog and writes articles on everything you need to know to plan your party or event. They seem to have fans on something called Facebook, and have created a community of enthusiastic followers, that always seem to know about their specials. They even are using something called Twitter to communicate with an even wider network. What’s more, they’ve even hired someone called an Event Specialist, who can help customers plan your party so it’s just right.

Getting somewhat frantic, your friends call you, because you always seem to be on the leading edge of everything, and ask for advice on what to do. Even though they don’t know much about the new technology, or how to use it, they know they need to do something fast and right.

Based on what you’ve heard, your gut tells you that the changes involved may be enormous and involve a lot more than just technology.

Challenge: Assume that you’re the friend. What advice would you give about:

– What your friends need to learn.

– What they need to do.

– What challenges will they face?

– What changes will they need to make?

– Who will be impacted by the changes?

– What do they need to do to implement them successfully?

– Other advice you think important.

Resources: A couple of Blogs with helpful information–look for ideas on how to use Social Media as Marketing Tool.

Question for further reflection: What approach can you use to help your organization learn how best to use social media?

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