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CEO’s who excel in delegating generate an additional 33% in revenue for their companies.  These executives know that they cannot accomplish everything alone and they delegate effectively to their teams.  By doing this, it frees up their time to focus on activities that will yield the highest returns, it builds trust among their team and it empowers their employees.  Delegation is a vital management skill, but for some, it is the hardest skill to put into practice.

 

There are many reasons why managers might shy away from delegating work, such as:

  • Thinking it will take longer to explain the task than by completing it themselves.
  • Wanting to feel indispensable to their team by being the keeper of specific knowledge.
  • Enjoying completing certain projects, so prefering not to reassign them.
  • Feeling guilty about adding more work onto another employee’s to-do list.
  • Lack of confidence or trust in who they need to transfer the project to.
  • Believing that they are the only ones who can do the job right.

 

Delegation is defined as the shifting of authority and responsibility for particular functions, tasks or decisions from one person (usually a leader or manager) to another.  It refers to the transfer of responsibility for specific tasks from one person to another.  Here are some ways you can start delegating more effectively to cultivate high-performing teams.

 

Delegation Tips for Managers:

  1. Know What to Delegate. Not every task can be delegated.  As a manager you should identify the day-to-day activities that don’t require your oversight and can be delegated to your team.  Activities that could be done better by someone else or if there is a task that could help your team member to learn should be the first tasks to be delegated. 

 

  1. Play to Your Employees’ Strengths and Goals. Leveraging and playing to your employee’s strengths will increase their chances of excelling in their roles.  Delegate tasks that allow them to utilise their skills as this will keep them motivated and engaged. Every team member should have goals they’re working toward and within these goals are opportunities for you to delegate.  If you have a team member who is looking to gain management experience for example, you could identify some tasks that will allow that person to develop their skills in that area. 

 

  1. Define the Desired Outcome. It is important that when you are delegating work, you should have clear objectives and outline what your expectations are in terms of the timeline and the metrics you’ll use to measure the success of the completed work.  Simply dumping work onto someone else’s plate without setting expectations is not delegating effectively.

 

  1. Establish a Clear Communication Channel. Do not fall into the trap of micromanaging. However, you do want to establish a communication channel so that the person you are delegating to feels comfortable asking questions and providing progress updates.  Setting up regular check-ins can help with this, and it is an efficient way to monitor the progress along the way. 

 

  1. Be Patient. As a manager, you are likely to have more experience in your field.  As a result of this, a task that you can complete in 30 minutes might take one of your team a full hour to complete.  Do not fall into the trap of not delegating certain tasks because of this.  Over time the team member will become more competent and confident completing the task and the work will get done faster.

 

  1. Allow for Failure. If you are a perfectionist, you might avoid delegating tasks as you think your way is the only way to get work done.  Be open to new ideas and approaches your team member might have.  You need to allow for failure, as your team member is learning or experimenting with new ways to complete a task, failure is inevitable. 

 

  1. Deliver Feedback. In addition to monitoring progress, you should also deliver feedback to your team member after the tasks you have delegated are completed. Do not be afraid to offer constructive feedback to ensure the employee learns from their experience.  On the other hand remember to give positive feedback, give credit and show your appreciation when a task has been done well. 

 

I hope you enjoyed reading this article and that you have gained some tips that will help you to delegate effectively.  Please share this article with anyone who might benefit from it.

 

Creating a CV that highlights your skills and experience effectively is the first step you need to take when looking for a new job.  The purpose of any CV is to get you invited for an interview.  If you have submitted your CV to lots of jobs (that you have the experience for), but you have not been invited for interview, your CV is the issue and it needs some work. 

 

Your CV has roughly 12 seconds to make a positive impression.  It is important that the layout and content of your CV is easy to read and understand within a short timeframe.   In this article, I will outline some simple tips on how to create a CV that makes a positive impact.  

 

Tips to create a CV that makes an impact  

CV Layout

Regardless of the amount of experience that you have gained over the past number of years, your CV should be a maximum of 2 pages long.  Any CV that is longer than 2 pages will reduce your chances of your CV doing its job i.e. getting you invited for interviews.  It is quality over quantity when it comes to CV writing.  When you are writing your CV, consider if the information will increase or decrease the chances of your CV doing its job?

 

Professional Photograph

There is no need to include a professional photograph on your CV if you are applying for jobs in Ireland.  Including a professional photograph does not add value to your CV and it takes up valuable space.  However, the requirements are slightly different if you are applying for jobs in a European Country so include a professional photograph on those applications. 

 

Reverse Chronological Order

The content of your CV should be presented in reverse chronological order, starting with the current and most recent work experience and working backwards.  Presenting your CV content in this format highlights your career growth and development, it emphasises the most recent jobs that you held and it is easy for the reader to understand if and when there were any career gaps.  In relation to the education content, you have a choice to either highlight this information in reverse chronological order or you can highlight the most relevant education for the job you are applying for first.  It is a personal preference but both options are accepted.

 

Relevant to the Job

One of the biggest mistakes jobseekers make when they are applying for jobs is that they submit a generic CV to lots of jobs.  This is a recipe for failure.  In order to avoid this error, spend time updating your CV for the job that you would like to apply for.  This will take time but it is time well spent, as this will increase your chances of being invited for interview.  It is much better to apply for less jobs and to spend the time updating your CV for those jobs, than to send a generic CV to lots of jobs.

 

Grammar and Spelling  

Once you have created a CV that is relevant for the job you want to apply for, check your grammar and spelling before you submit your CV for any job application.  It is easy to oversee these errors when you are creating a CV, but it will be the first thing the reader will spot immediately.  Perhaps even get a family member or friend to double check your CV for these errors. 

 

Once you have been invited for an interview, your CV has done its job.  It will then be up to you, to sell your skills and experience effectively during the interview in order to get a job offer. 

 

I hope you enjoyed reading this article and that you have gained some tips on how to create a CV that makes a positive impact.  Please share this article with anyone who might benefit from it. 

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