A week or so ago, I posted a short blog about leadership. In it, I encouraged aspiring leaders to become more comfortable with delegating.
In some situations, however, a leader does need to roll up his or her sleeves to ensure that s/he gets the deliverable s/he wants. Most leaders would love it if they gave general (read: cryptic) instructions and got the results that they wanted every time. In reality, there is bound to be a miscommunication from time-to-time where it takes more time to give instructions on how to fix the deliverable than it would have taken to just be explicitly clear at the outset.
The key is to be able to identify those situations where step-by-step specific instructions up front are warranted. This requires knowledge of the skills of your team members as well as your track record in delegating to them. But Kelly Services’ SmartManager newsletter has a few additional useful tips in their article entitled “When Micro Managing Is A Good Idea.”
BTW, SmartManager is a pretty good newsletter. I get it by email as a client of Kelly Services. Nice, concise, useful tips for managers. Where I see relevant articles that can be applied to the purchasing profession, I’ll link them here.
To Your Career,
Charles Dominick, SPSM
President & Chief Procurement Officer
Next Level Purchasing, Inc.
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