Help You Get The Recognition You Deserve
As a manager I never had a problem with getting things done! It was making the ‘right’ things happen, at the ‘right’ time that seemed to often evade me. I frequently found my time was monopolised solving day-to-day problems and issues with little time left to focus on developing my career in the way I wanted to.
Too often I found myself reacting to situations and interruptions that were not of my making but were impacting on my ability to perform. Getting drawn into resolving crises or having to quickly switch tasks to one that had become critical or urgent to avert disaster was common.
If this sounds familiar you too are working in a reactive way. Whilst it does get things done its not going to take you forward in the way you want and need to achieve your career aspirations. In my experience reacting to situations took up more time and resources that it should have especially mine!
To break out of this destructive behaviour I looked at what how the successful people around me did things. The main and significant difference between them and me was that they were proactive. These individuals displayed two distinct competencies they:
- Created a protective barrier around their thinking and planning time.
- Set personal and team goals that were motivational.
Before I could create my own protective barrier I needed to understand and evaluate my own productivity. To do this I created my own template to help me reflect on the urgency and importance of my tasks. The results quickly showed me that I spent too much time on items that were of low importance to me personally but not to others. They got the recognition instead of me!
So I used the template to review how I was performing each task to see if I was allocating my time effectively. By breaking my tasks down into workable chunks each with their own deadline I was able to assess who was best placed to perform each chunk of work.
To become proactive and gain the recognition I deserved I developed the competencies needed for successful delegation. I altered how I behaved during the process of delegation to reflect the three principles as described by Koontz and O’Donnell.
To avoid falling back into my old habits I designed my own checklist, which I used this to create the right environment for success. It also helped me to adhere the key principles as I worked through each stage of the delegation process.
Investing your time in learning and developing the right skills for successful delegation will help you attain the recognition and rewards you deserve.