Delegate, Then Disengage

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Entrusting a project to someone else can be tough. But if you don’t rely on others, you’ll always end up doing everything yourself. You’ll also shortchange those who could learn by taking new tasks. Once you delegate something, don’t be tempted to micromanage the process. Agree on the expected outcomes and just let go. If you’ve asked a team member to take care of an important presentation, don’t spend endless time on edits and corrections. Be clear on the parameters and remove yourself so she can do it her way, not yours. This is much more efficient than taking over, and the end product will likely be better.

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Adapted from “Be More Productive by Making Better Daily Choices” by Ana Dutra.

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