Tuesday 26 March 2024

The right method to delegate work

Having scaled my team to over 150 members, one important learning I have in delegating work is that "who" matters more than "what".

"what" = the work that needs to be done
"who" = the person who needs to do that work

I've seen that in many Startups, Founders call for a meeting with their Leadership and then make a list of items that need to be done. Oftentimes, Founders assume that people are smart enough to understand who's the right person for that task and that they'll pick it up.

The reality?

No one ends up picking up that task and it never gets done. It might be the priority for the Founder, but it wasn't a priority for the Team members and so, no one bothered picking it.

A better solution is to identify who's the right person for that task when discussing about the tasks. Agree on who's going to do it and also agree on a mutual timeline and you'd be surprised how much more you can get done predictably.

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