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10 tips for good delegation

Professor David Haslam, RCGP president, gives his tips on how to delegate to others

Professor David Haslam, RCGP president, gives his tips on how to delegate to others

1. The ability to delegate is essential to surviving and thriving as a GP

2. Carrying out audits, or similar studies, does not mean you need to do all the data collection yourself.

3. Indeed, learning how to delegate effectively may be as important a tool as learning how to audit – so learn both at the same time

4. Ensure the person you delegate a task to understands what you are trying to do, and not just what you want done

5. Clear instructions are essential, or else a great deal of work may be done to no good purpose

6. For major tasks, delegate in person – not by e-mail. Though written instructions may follow, the initial personal touch ensures you set off on the right foot

7. Give the authority to do the task, and ensure the staff member also has the time or other necessary resources

8. You know that you put off tasks without deadlines – so when you delegate give a reasonable deadline

9. When you delegate a task, delegate the end result – not the detailed way it has to be carried out, unless this is essential

10. Say thank you and acknowledge the help you've received (in writing up the project or presenting the audit, for instance)

Professor David Haslam

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