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The little-known trick to delegating: Don’t be too hands-off

Once a manager gets over the initial misgiving of delegating jobs to staffers, another misgiving often comes up: 

“I wonder how they’re doing – should I check up on them?”

Many times the manager in that position errs on the side of not “nagging” their staffers.

Turns out that can be a big mistake.

The Harvard School of Business studied managers who assigned projects to staffers. One group of managers rarely checked in with staff while another group checked on progress more frequently (at least two times a week).

Result: Managers who checked in more frequently got better results. Their projects moved along faster, often ahead of deadline, and a lot smoother (fewer mistakes).

So go ahead and delegate – just check in on them from time to time!


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