- Read the two guides cited above from the HBR 20-Minute Manager Series.
- Read “8 Task Management Tips to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done.”
- Watch David Grady’s TED Talk.
- Meet in cohort to discuss topics listed in “Cohort Meeting," below.
- Do you take the time to prioritize your activities each and every day?
- Do you tend to do the work yourself because you can do it better than others?
- Are there tasks that you struggle with during the course of the day that you could delegate to someone else? What are those tasks?
- Do you feel that you have the right experience to coach others through a delegated task?
- Do you delegate to boost staff morale, build confidence and reduce your stress?
- Do you give your staff full and frank information wherever possible?
- How do you ensure that you have enough time for planning, training and coaching?
- How do you monitor the progress of your delegates but without constant intervention?
- Do you try to do only the work that must be done by you and delegate the rest?
- How do you encourage delegates to use their initiative when confronted with problems?
- Do you track which tasks you have delegated and to whom?
- Do you provide positive feedback to your delegates at all times?
- Do you make yourself available to see your staff and deal with any problems they have?
- How do you make others accountable for completing of the assigned tasks?
COHORT MEETING (Meet in Cohort to discuss the following topics)
- Discuss best practices regarding how you prioritize your daily tasks and activities. What tools (if any) do you use to manage your tasks?
- Share a task that can be delegated to someone else and how you would go about defining the task; naming the delegate; monitoring and encouraging; reviewing and appraising.
- Discuss how you foster a climate of accountability.