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Organizing for Success, Second Edition by Kenneth Zeigler

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9Effective Delegation That Works

There is a great man who makes every man feel small. But the really great man makes every man feel great.

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The most sought after management skill today is the ability to train others. It sounds so easy. So why is it so difficult and why do so few supervisors, managers, and leaders spend time cultivating and developing their direct reports? Training is an essential part of delegating successfully. Companies are constantly asking their leaders to mentor, coach, and train their direct reports. The most common response I hear is, “When do you think I have the time to do that? I barely have enough time to get my own work done.”

The problem with delegation and training is that it takes time to save time. ...

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