We’ve all had trouble successfully delegating from time to time.  We think we made the right delegation choice, but it ends up not working out.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made poor delegations. What if there was a way to assess the probability of a successful delegation BEFORE you handed the work over?  Well, that’s what this blog post is all about.  I’ve created a process to increase your chances of delegation success exponentially.

Delegation Success Begins With The Accountability Chart

Before you even pass off work to a team member, how do you know what you will give them?  How do you choose what you should keep for yourself and what you should pass off?  We use the Delegate and Elevate™ tool for this. Create a seat on the Accountability Chart that consists of roles that are things you don’t like/good and don’t like/not good.  Starting here will free you up to be your best right away.  You will also have the immediate benefit of a job description outline.

Make Sure Your Team Member Gets It, Wants It, Has The Capacity To Do It (GWC™)

Now that you have clear roles defined for what you want done, you have to make sure the person GWC’s the role.  Meaning they totally get the ins and outs of the roles.  They genuinely want the job and they have the time, emotional and intellectual capacity to do the job.  If you can’t answer “yes” to all three the delegation will never work. The last step in the process that I’ve found extremely useful is to actually score the person’s level of GWC.  I’ve created a scorecard for exactly this purpose.  I’ve found that people can sell me on GWC but they can’t escape the scorecard.

Get Instant Access To The O4G Project Delegation Scorecard

Exponentially increase the probability of a successful delegation by having your team member take the scorecard before you assign them tasks.  You’ll thank me later. Get Instant Access Now!

Score Your Team Member On How They Think About Projects

As a person who creates a lot of projects, I need to make sure that the person is capable of keeping up with me.  In order to do that, they have to have a certain mindset about delegation.  Here are the 8 mindsets of project delegation I assess each person on:

  • Total Commitment
  • High Energy
  • Shared Vision
  • Thoughtful
  • Ownership
  • Collaborative
  • Organized
  • Finish What You Start

If they can score an 80+ on the O4G Project Delegation Scorecard, they are most likely an acceptable candidate.  I’ve found that using this scorecard consistently makes my delegations go better and much more successful overall.  Every time I’m having a hard time, I look at this scorecard and I’m amazed that I can pinpoint exactly why it’s not working out.  One of the mindsets is missing.