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The Art of Delegation – #PMHangout36

The Art of Delegation – #PMHangout36

The Art of Delegation was the topic of the 36th hangout of the Sensible Project Manager Hangout Community. In this community of project managers and others who enjoy discussing project management topics, we have regular hangouts hosted via Google+ Hangout.

In this hangout, Mark Phillipy discusses delegation and how important it is to be a successful leader. Being able to delegate is one of the most important aspects of a leader. In fact, your success as a leader is usually directly related to how well you delegate.

Delegation Quotes Discussed in the Hangout

Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don’t interfere as long as the policy you’ve decided upon is being carried out. ~Ronald Reagan

The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it. ~Theodore Roosevelt
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Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity. ~George S Patton
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Leadership is the ability to get me to do what they don’t want to do and like it. ~Harry Truman
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Concepts that were discussed during the hangout

Why we don’t delegate

  • We think that we have the most knowledge to perform the work.
  • It might take just as long for us to transfer the task to someone else.
  • We are perfectionists and the work has to be performed as well as we think we can do it.
  • We enjoy the work and would like to do the work ourselves.

Problems we cause when we don’t delegate

  • We can get ourselves behind on our work by trying to do to much.
  • Others do not get the opportunity for growth.
  • We might limit our chance for growth

Links referenced in this hangout

During the hangout Mark referenced an article called Successful Delegation from Mindtools.com.

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