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BUSINESS SKILLS

OVER TO YOU

Patrick Forsyth

FOR MANAGERS, IF a task must be done, but you cannot get to it, then the best way to give yourself more time is to delegate it to someone else. This is eminently desirable and yet, for some, curiously difficult.

So let’s look at the difficulties. Delegating is a risk. Something may go wrong and, what is more, as the manager, you may be blamed. So, despite the fact that the risk can be minimized, there is temptation to hang on to things. This makes for two problems: you have too much to do (particularly too many routine tasks) and this keeps you from giving due attention to things that are clear priorities. ...

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