How To Delegate Effectively

What you say when you delegate and want to stay involved

Two partners at a big law firm are on the phone in an episode of the CBS classic “The Good Wife.” One partner is heavily involved in another project and can’t get free to hear all that’s involved in discussions with a prospect.

“I might be able to sign them,” one partner says to another partner.  “I can decide for both of us?”

“Yes. Just keep me in the loop.”

This is an efficient, courteous, business-like way to proceed.  You need to delegate but you don’t want to be blindsided later.

So… you must make it your business to be kept informed.  “Keep me in the loop” is a valuable power phrase to help make that happen.

Here’s another power phrase you can use: “I have a special interest in this.  Please keep me updated.”  If you want to make the process even tighter, set a time and mode for the update.  Example, “Let’s have a brief chat first thing each morning” or “Send me a text every evening.”

It’s a grave mistake to disengage when you delegate.

(Look at the section on delegation in my book “Time Tactics of Very Successful People” for further elaboration of delegation as a time tactic.)

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Gene Griessman is an internationally known keynote speaker, actor, and communication strategist. His book “TheWords Lincoln Lived By” is in its 23rd printing and “Time Tactics of Very Successful People” is in its 43rd printing. His training video “Lincoln on Communication” is owned by thousands of corporations, libraries, and government organizations. He has spoken at conventions and annual meetings all over the world. To learn more about his presentations, call 404-435-2225. Learn more at Atlanta Speakers Bureau or at his website. His latest book “Lincoln and Obama” has just been released by Audible.
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