Let’s say you have just delegated a task to Pete. You know he is capable and keen to do a good job. You also know that the last thing Pete needs is for you to micro-manage him. But you are experiencing some anxiety and you are unsettled by a feeling of not being in control.
How can you maintain a feeling of control without becoming a micro-manager?
It’s all about what you focus on when delegating.
By Roydon Gibbs
Are you making people feel dumb?
Picture this, you have just outlined to Pete, one of your team members, a project that you want him to lead. You have full confidence in his ability to complete the task.
You say to him, ‘Pete, I want to make sure you understand what I have asked you to do. Can you please explain in your own words the project I outlined.’
Asking Pete to repeat what he has just heard sounds like a sensible thing to do. It is important that you make sure he understands what he needs to do. You will be wanting to be positive and encouraging, but you could be doing the opposite.