Delegation in Small Business

We often hear and read about SME's thinking of their business as their baby. I completely understand this, I am a small business owner myself. So when the topic of delegation comes up, I enjoy observing the body language, listening to the tone, and the carefully selected words of the ...


Future success: results of current or future you?

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Bob’s First Management Role – Case Study

Bob has recently been made the Manager of a work group of nine staff in the procurement department.  Although an internal promotion, Bob has come from another department, replacing Joan who managed the team for seven years.  Joan was liked by all.  She was quite 'laid back' in her approach ...


Manager BAD, Leader GOOD…or?

Is it just me or is there a sense that a 'manager' is as not as good as being a 'leader'? In our own way and from our own experiences, we can describe and define management and leadership, and the difference between the two, but is one really better than the other? Throughout ...


Value, Measure, Reward

This is yet another excellent bit of creative wisdom from ONEFTE.com.  This piece conjures up so many questions I'd consider in a management coaching or training session. For example: In a short working week, such as Easter, New Years, etc., does the value, measure or reward of work increase even more? As ...


Tracking Back Management Skills

While searching LinkedIn I came across a post that was in the ‘LinkedIn Answers’ section that really piqued my interest. The author of the post, Ruet Schwartz-Hebron, claimed that we could establish the required limited number of skills in order to have ALL management skills. He proposed an exercise involving ...


Delegation Wrap Up [with Cartoons]

Following a series of posts about Delegation, these ONEFTE.COM cartoons are a fantastic wrap for Delegation!   The Delegation Series can be found here: 1.  Spelling Out Delegation 2. Benefits of Delegation 3.  Delegation Roadblocks 4.  When (& when not) To Delegate 5.  Delegation Dilemma: A scenario for you ...


Are you qualified or are you capable?

It was interesting to overhear a conversation the other day about the value of a manager being qualified or capable. In my past experience as an employee, the most effective, engaging and productive managers I had were those with less formal qualifications and broader life experiences.  This is just my experience. ...


The real cost of your management decisions

In every decision we make, there will be consequences, obviously, and most of the time we are all aiming for positive and profitable outcomes. Quite often a sense of urgency calls on the manager to make decisions on the 'fly, instantly! The pressure to make the right decision can be ...


Delegation Dilemma: A scenario for you

Here's a Delegation Dilemma for you to consider!     Related Posts: Spelling Out Delegation  |  Benefits of Delegation  |  Delegation Roadblocks  |  When (& When Not) to Delegate   If you or your managers struggle to delegate with successful results [or just struggle to delegate], let’s talk about the Delegation for Development, Delight & ...


When (& when not) to delegate

To date the short blog series on Delegation has discussed what delegation is about, the benefits of delegation and the roadblocks to delegating. The next logical step is to identify when is the right time or context to delegate (and when not to).   Let's start with, when shouldn't a manager delegate: ✘ ...


Delegation Roadblocks

When we understand why a manager won't (or feels they cannot) delegate we can then get to the heart of an issue and address what could be some very real issues that affect productivity, motivation, morale. Why don't managers delegate? ⚠ Fear that someone might be able to do the task ...


Benefits of Delegation

  In this post, the second in the series of four discussing delegation, I thought I'd encourage (maybe even convince) managers to consider the value of delegation by highlighting some of its advantages. Let's break it down a bit, there are advantages at the organisational level, the team level and for ...


Spelling Out Delegation

As a quick ice-breaker or topic introduction exercise, I sometimes give the group a management role and ask them to devise a plan or list of tips relating to that management role, here is one of the most popular ones: D Decide what tasks and challenges you can delegate to others. E ...


No Risk Allowed!

I wrote a blog post about good risk and bad risk: asking what you and your managers do to reduce bad risk and how to ensure you do take the good (calculated) risks. I want to explore risk a little further… When I meet with HR, Training Managers, and Executives who decide ...


Good Risk, Bad Risk.

At a recent breakfast event two questions were asked: 1.  What is one tip or thing that you do to minimise risk? and 2.  What do you tell yourself or do to ensure you take a risk (calculated, of course)? These questions got me thinking about how we all think differently and how these ...


Followers or Leaders

@tom_peters posted on twitter: "Leaders don’t create more followers, they create more leaders.” - Tom Peters I do like this quote from Tom Peters as it inspires and challenges.  The interpretation I am going to apply to this quote is that it: inspires leaders to be good role models as others are ...


Meetings: Let’s face it, it takes more than an Agenda!

A quick (less than 2 minutes) audio blog for you!   Once you've listened to the audio, click back to here and leave a comment! Click: Meetings: It takes more than an Agenda   Related blog: When is a 1 hour meeting a 6 hour meeting   Subscribe to get your free Management Success Skills eBook ...


5 Quick Tips For Delegating

1.  Delegate to someone who is ready for the extra challenge. 2.  Ensure enough resources are in place so that the delegation isn't doomed to fail. 3.  Let all the relevant people know who you have delegated to and what you have delegated. 4.  Hands-off and step-back.  Allow the person to do the ...


Fear of Post-Training Implementation

Background During a training program you have an ‘a-ha’ moment which brings you some new meaning, inspiration, skills and drive to the way you have been managing and the new way you want to manage your team.  There are now one or more new more positive skills in your management tool ...


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