The Art of Delegation

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Whether your run a small business or work full-time in a supervisory role, it’s important to develop good delegation skills.   Without them, you become a one-man band, swamped with mounting tasks and duties, yet not enough time to complete them.  However, once you develop good delegation skills, you are equipped to handle bigger and better projects which can increase your bottom line.

But before you can even begin delegating, you must evaluate the task at hand.  Ask yourself the following questions:

1.   What are the project parameters?

Before you can assign a task to someone else you must clearly define its scope, outcomes, products and deliverables. Otherwise you’re setting both you and your employee up for failure.

2.   Who is best-suited for this assignment?

After determining the project parameters, you must select the person best-suited to complete the assignment.  This comes after evaluating employee skills and experience.  One of the characteristics of a good delegator is the ability to assess employee capacity as well as the appropriate level of challenge.

Once you define the project and select an employee to whom it can be delegated, follow the proper steps to ensure the experience is successful:

Step One – Communicate. When you assign the project, you must ensure that you communicate the parameters as clearly as possible.  If possible, submit a written description of what you’re looking for so the employee can refer to it as often as necessary.

Step Two – Determine Schedule. You must also provide a timeline with a due date.  Include milestone tasks that can be reported to track progression through the project.  Also, determine the reporting method which will be used to maintain proper communication.

Step Three – Allow for Different Work Styles. Remember that just because the employee isn’t completing the project in the exact manner you would doesn’t mean he/she is failing.  You must allow for the employee’s creativity and individual work style as you evaluate the project’s success.

Step Four – Show Appreciation and Reward Accordingly. People will be happy to work for you when they know that you’re a gracious and appreciative supervisor.  Provide necessary guidance and don’t be short on praise or gratitude when warranted.

Step Five – Inspect and Report. It’s important that you evaluate the final project and provide necessary feedback to the employee.  Be honest and give constructive criticism when appropriate.  One of the objectives in delegating key projects and tasks is to help employees stretch and grow as well.  At the project’s close be sure to inform them whether or not that’s been accomplished.

Delegation is a crucial skill to attain in order to become a successful leader.  Fortunately, it is a skill that can be honed and enhanced with practice.

Attain Additional Skills

In addition to delegation skills, you can acquire a new skill-set that would make you especially valuable to a current and prospective clients.  By mastering tax preparation, you make yourself much more marketable.

Tax Preparation

Many financial professionals make the majority of their income preparing taxes.  Practically every adult U.S. citizen must submit a tax return each year, and because many of them are intimated by the complexity of tax law, they continually seek professional help.  And in this day and age of financial fraud, they are especially interested in preparers with professional certification.  When you become a designated Professional Tax Preparer, these prospective clients will be much easier to find.

The Professional Tax Preparer program will train you in the preparation of individual and business returns: a lucrative market.  Also included with the course are in-depth marketing strategies, fee schedules, interviewing tactics, and proven management techniques.  Our engaging video training, practice books and instructional manuals will teach you everything you need to know in order to add tax preparation services to your menu!

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