I reached out to Domingo Karsten, the co-founder of Deloitte’s Fast50 Company Saleduck, to see if he needed an Assistant. He replied that he never had any problem delegating work and therefore only does what he does best. I was immediately intrigued, since delegating can be quite a challenge for many people. For this article Domingo was willing to share his four secrets to effective delegation:
The number one rule for every manager. When you are also a fanatic/ specialist in a specific important activity of your company, this can be hard. However, you should train your team well and trust them from there on.
Trust your team
Some people would say about delegation things like ‘be specific’ or ‘state required results’. C’mon, you hired them for a reason. I certainly hope you hire well-educated, smart people. Then you need to be able to trust that they can do the job.
Explain the reasons and urge
Personally, I like things to be done yesterday. Take your time to think about the urgency of the task, and respect other things that need to be done too. If you have a valid reason, it’s easy to explain and the understanding will follow.
One of the first things kids learn from their parents is saying ‘thank you’. It’s that easy. There are moments too when I have extra time, in such cases I like to help with simple things like taking out the dishwasher. This shows that you care and you are working together on all aspects.