Monday, July 16, 2012

Delegation of Authority/Empowerment

Stephen Covey gives us the following five guidelines to follow in order to successfully delegate responsibility to those who work for us:

1. Clear Desired Results - a mutual understanding and agreement upon the endstate helps both parties involved focus not on what, not how; on results, not methods.

2. Guidelines - these should be as few as possible and should be drawn from our values, principles and failure points previously experienced; pitfalls to avoid should be shared

3. Resources - time, land, money, personnel required and provided not provided

4. Accountability - the standards by which success is measured, the times a review of progress is made

5. Consequences - the good and the bad ones from success or failure

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