Delegation – Making Lemonade out of Lemons!

Cut_lemons On Tuesday, I gave the keynote speech at a joint Microsoft and Women in Technology event on "Working Smarter, Not Harder". The speech went down well, with a lot of audience participation. The atmosphere was buzzing with over 200 women together talking about their own work/life balance challenges, in the networking session afterwards. The hot topic that was frequently revisited during the panel session was delegation and how to delegate well but also how to avoid being delegated things that you don’t want to do! Great question! My response highlighted that people often delegate things they are not keen on themselves, which I agree may not always be ideal. However, if you find yourself in that position, don’t just hand it back poorly done with a sour look on your face, but rather highlight what you learnt and what other projects you would like to help on in the future that would be interesting to you. The point is that if you are delegated to, you can’t do a poor job of it and expect to be handed more interesting work in the future. You may have to "prove yourself" on less interesting tasks to be even considered for more meaty jobs later on! Has this happened to you? Have you turned around a job that you weren’t initially interested in to your benefit? If so, please post a comment below!

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