How to delegate efficiently

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Want to know how to spread some of your workload around? Clare Evans, author of Time Management For Dummies, has these pointers:

1 Know what to delegate. This means nothing confidential or personal. Knowledge is key, and in the wrong hands, could create material for future blackmail.

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2 Be clear. Very clear. Put it in writing and explain what you want, when you need it, how you’d like it to be done. You don’t want to have to constantly clarify your needs.

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3 Make the person you’re delegating to realise that they are just what you need. They can do it better, faster, more cheaply. Or just tell them as much. 

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4 Maintain control. Set parameters, check progress and provide feedback. You’re giving a colleague responsibility, but you are still the authority figure. 

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5 Say thank you.