Managing: You’re Still In It Together

One of the joys experienced by a new manager is having an array of people to call on to
“get it done.”

One of
the challenges experienced by a new manager is having an array of people
to call on to “get it done.”

I can’t think of a role that’s more challenging than managing, at any
level. One of the traps, though, is a mistaken sense of what delegation
is all about.

DelegateWhat Successful Managers Do

1.Help people perform.

That means you have to spend time
focusing on the people who do the task, not just the task.

Who needs help? How much? How much
is too much? How often do you need to follow up to see how things are
going? When you follow up, what do you really need to do to be helpful?
(It may be to get out of the way, explain how to do something in detail,
or something in between).

2. Invest in
people, not use them.

We agonize over how to invest our earnings so that we
reap personal financial growth.

When we delegate are we asking, “How can I invest in this person
during this task in order to benefit all of us over the long run?”

Or is the question “What can this
person do for me?”

Each
question leads to very different outcomes. One is personal and
organizational growth. The other is a sense of using and being used.

3. Be alongside,
in front of, or close behind–but never absent
.

No one–no one–is
successful alone. However, it’s really easy and unbelievably common
to fail
 by thinking we can do it alone.

So the best managers I know live out a model that
clearly shares responsibility. They provide direction and support; their
people ask questions easily as a result of the “we’re in this together”
atmosphere.

What’s up in
your management/delegating life?

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Steve has designed and delivered leadership and communication programs for some of the world's largest organizations, and has more than 30 years in training, development, and high-level executive coaching. His Roesler Group has created and delivered leadership and talent development internationally for corporations such as Pfizer, Minerals Technologies, Johnson & Johnson, NordCarb Oy Ab, and Specialty Minerals--Europe. Steve is currently involved in the latest update of his Presenting With Impact program, a cross-cultural presentations workshop that has been delivered on five continents to more than 1,000 participants representing nearly 60 nationalities.

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Managing: You’re Still In It Together

One of the joys experienced by a new manager is having an array of people to call on to “get it done.”

One of the challenges experienced by a new manager is having an array of people to call on to “get it done.”

I can’t think of a role that’s more challenging than managing, at any level. One of the traps, though, is a mistaken sense of what delegation is all about.

DelegateWhat Successful Managers Do

1.Help people perform.

That means you have to spend time focusing on the people who do the task, not just the task.

Who needs help? How much? How much is too much? How often do you need to follow up to see how things are going? When you follow up, what do you really need to do to be helpful? (It may be to get out of the way, explain how to do something in detail, or something in between).

2. Invest in people, not use them.

We agonize over how to invest our earnings so that we reap personal financial growth.

When we delegate are we asking, “How can I invest in this person during this task in order to benefit all of us over the long run?”

Or is the question “What can this person do for me?”

Each question leads to very different outcomes. One is personal and organizational growth. The other is a sense of using and being used.

3. Be alongside, in front of, or close behind–but never absent.

No one–no one–is successful alone. However, it’s really easy and unbelievably common to fail by thinking we can do it alone.

So the best managers I know live out a model that clearly shares responsibility. They provide direction and support; their people ask questions easily as a result of the “we’re in this together” atmosphere.

What’s up in your management/delegating life?


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Steve has designed and delivered leadership and communication programs for some of the world's largest organizations, and has more than 30 years in training, development, and high-level executive coaching. His Roesler Group has created and delivered leadership and talent development internationally for corporations such as Pfizer, Minerals Technologies, Johnson & Johnson, NordCarb Oy Ab, and Specialty Minerals--Europe. Steve is currently involved in the latest update of his Presenting With Impact program, a cross-cultural presentations workshop that has been delivered on five continents to more than 1,000 participants representing nearly 60 nationalities.

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