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    Business Management: Learning to Delegate
    James Nagy
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    Business Management: Learning to Delegate

    Whether as a consultant, as a manager, or generally in business when you have people who report to you –you have to be good at the art of delegation.  You cannot take on every single task and every single project. There simply aren’t enough hours in a day to allow you to successfully accomplish every task that needs tending to. Delegation is key to the success of a business. Even if you are coming in as a consultant, you want to be an asset to the team. Productivity, time management, and efficiency are necessary. The way to accomplish all three? Delegation.

    Here’s the thing about delegating –you are letting go of some control. Not everyone believes that. Many believe that you can affectively tell someone what to do and also exactly how to do it. If you want to master the art of delegation, you have to actually loosen up on the reigns a bit. What do I mean by that? Well, you can instruct someone on what you want them to do or how you want them to do it, but not both.

    This may seem a little strange. You are assigning a task to someone because you don’t have time to do it yourself or your skills and time would be better used elsewhere. Doesn’t that mean the person doing your task in your place should be doing it in the exact same way? I would argue –no. When you delegate a task to someone, they may not do it the way that you would have. This doesn’t mean that you won’t get similar, or even possibly better, results. When you delegate, you want the task completed. How it gets completed is another story.

    Consider that everyone thinks, for the most part, that their way is the best way. When we delegate we are opening the door to new perspectives, processes, and executions. If we all walked through life completing tasks in one uniform way, where would the innovation come in? Maybe you’ve been executing a process or task one way for years, only to delegate that task to someone who comes up with a completely new process. Maybe they’ll cut the execution time in half. Maybe they’ll develop a fresh approach that is far more effective.

    Learning to delegate is a skill. Allow for control of that task to be handed over is an art form. Let your employees be the stars from time to time. If you allow opportunity for growth, change and innovation, it’s more likely that these things will occur. Does that mean that you should pull back all guidance? No. Obviously you can still make people aware of what can work, but don’t make everything feel rigid and boxed in. There is room for improvement, change, and new ideas.

    So, when delegating, do you want to be telling someone what to do or how to do it? What is more important? What allows for more growth and innovation? What are your thoughts on not dictating the exact way a task is to be completed? Comment below!

     
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    As a strategic leader and entrepreneur, James Nagy has a record of generating growth by leveraging the latest technologies to drive sales, marketing, product development, and profitability. He is known for identifying and capitalizing on market trends, developing effective tactics for implementation, enhancing operating performance, and serving as a trusted advisor and business partner. Skilled at working across operations, James builds strong, cross-functional relationships and communicates complex technical information to diverse internal and external stakeholders.

    A big picture visionary, James identifies and reacts to market trends, providing disruptive strategies that go beyond IT to include sales, marketing, and product portfolio management. Building on his experience as Director of Software Development with premier companies Midas International Corporation and SXC Health Solutions, Inc., James launched two successful consulting companies, Sprocket Websites Inc. and J&S Tech Designs. As the Managing Director, he provides innovative solutions to clients in small- and mid-cap companies.

    When he is not advising other business leaders, James lends his expertise to a variety of organizations. He is a Founding Member & Committee Member of the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce; he serves on multiple teams and committees for the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce; he is a Founding Member of the Chicago Area DNN User Group, and he serves on the Board of Directors of the New West Symphony. In his free time, James enjoys Sci-Fi, coin collecting, traveling and wine tasting.

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