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Good morning and Happy Monday!
I’m Monica Wofford and this is your Monday Moment.

On a quick side note from purely discussing communication, let’s take a look at delegation. Certainly, when leading others and giving them a new task that used to fall in your wheelhouse, but may no longer need to, you’ll communicate how that’s going to happen. Or not.

Monday Moment: Delegation Difficulties (video)

Yep, it’s fuzzy, but so is our definition of delegation. Do you see delegation as giving someone you lead an opportunity? Or do you see it as a pain to stop and explain something at which they’ve not yet become proficient? 

(Wanna watch the VIDEO on this Monday Moment? Click here.)

And that’s the challenge.

Leaders, especially new ones but also at all levels, struggle with delegation for myriad reasons and while we’ve mentioned the benefits of delegation, we’ve not talked about why it doesn’t happen. We all know it’s supposed to and yet we hold back. We keep stuff.

Is it that we fear others won’t do it as well as we would? Yep.
Is it that we believe it will take longer to show an employee how it’s done than to just do it ourselves? OH YES!

And we’re not wrong…but here’s the biggest difficulty of all on the this topic of delegation. We’ve got the definition all wrong

Delegation is actually giving someone else an opportunity to grow, develop, and practice in an area of skill they didn’t already have or possess.

Think of it as a way of developing others. It may not make it take less time, but it may…significantly increase your motivation for actually doing it.

I’m Monica Wofford and that’s your Monday Moment.
See you next week for more talk on Leadership.

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