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    To delegate effectively, you have to go away.

    I'm starting to believe that the only way to truly delegate effectively is to go away.

    I've noticed a distinct increase in results within my business every time I go away for a week or two. And I think I've finally figured out why (well - a logical reason other than the possibility that I'm actually getting in everyone's way ).

    Before I go into my pet theory on this, has anyone else noticed this sort of phenomenon?
    The trouble with opportunity is it normally comes dressed up as work.

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    Hi Dave

    Most managers find it extremely hard to walk away after delegating, but with correct delegation the required feedback times are built into the original instruction and a good manager will hold back until that feedback time comes around. This means that you are allowing for creativity and growth (along with errors ) and not micro managing.
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    As common as income tax - known as the "Let's show the boss what we can do" routine.

    When you return, express surprise, praise them.

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    Hi Dave

    YES! to my shame (joke) every time!!! But i am prowd of my staff (we are a big Pet Shop) for taking the opportunity to prove that they know what they do!

    AT LAST I could go on holiday AND enjoy it!!!!!

    Always hooked on pets greetings
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    This is getting interesting indeed. Great to know I'm not alone in experiencing this.

    One of the "rules" I think is that you do need a valid reason for not being there. If you're just goofing off I can't forsee the same result - at least not so consistently. I wonder what the "time away" parameters are? I've noticed this phenomenon when I've been away in the 4 days - 2 weeks range.
    Last edited by Dave A; 27-Aug-07 at 03:13 PM.
    The trouble with opportunity is it normally comes dressed up as work.

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