Provision #279: Delegate

ings they’ve done. Treating your people with this kind of respect is what generates extraordinary effort and achievement.”

Did you capture the heart of delegation in Dorrance’s words? Delegation is not just giving someone a job to do. It’s involving them in the decision-making process. It’s making them feel important because they are important. It’s taking responsibility with them, rather than blaming them, when things aren’t going well. It’s praising and supporting them, regardless of the size of their contribution. It’s treating them with respect.

It behooves us to filter all our responsibility relationships through these five principles of delegation. Whether it’s something we’ve given our children, spouse, partner, subordinates, peers, or boss to do, we can enhance the power and effectiveness of that delegation by asking if they’ve been involved in the decision-making process, if they feel important, if we share the responsibility for failure, if we praise and support them, and if we treat them with respect.

When those five principles are operative, our delegation will not only be more successful it will also be more common. One reason that we do not delegate more responsibility, one reason that we drive ourselves crazy by keeping so much on our own plates, is that we fail to develop functional camaraderie. In the absence of trust and shared decision making, in a vacuum of responsibility and support, in a world of CYA and disrespect, delegation will not only never work well. It will also rarely even be tried. People will be off doing their own thing, hoping against hope that will somehow all come together in the end.

Does that sound like your home, workplace, or volunteer organization? It doesn’t have to be that way. It is possible to learn how to delegate and to lead. Not only that, it is critical. Master the art of delegation and you will achieve your goals with less stress and more consistency. You will be well on your way to success.

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I loved your “Be Enthusiastic” Provision. I would love to incorporate it into some of my coaching if that is OK with you. (Ed. Note: Permission granted! I’m glad to think that even more people will soon be packing this important provision!)


I’m with you in your comments about the debate in Congress over the Iraq situation. Byrd was eloquent. Congress might as well hang a sign out that says, “Out to Lunch.” So much for their oath to hold up the Constitution.


May you be filled with goodness, peace, and joy.

Bob Tschannen-Moran, MCC, BCC

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