A successful manager knows how to delegate successfully. Delegation is more than just assigning a task to someone. Even moms and dads who try to get their children to perform chores around the house have learned the secret to getting someone to do a task. What is the secret? It's really very simple when you think about it. Communication is the key factor in any successful delegation. Without accurate communication, the project will soon become dead in the water and eventually lost at sea.
When you delegate a task to someone, make sure you are communicating exactly what you expect him to do. While many managers are delegating, their employees are hearing something entirely different. The best way to delegate is to put your expectations in writing. It doesn't have to be a fancy five-page report; it can be just a few paragraphs. That way, everyone can agree on what needs to be done, how it can be accomplished, and when the deadlines are. And be certain that both parties understand everything in the memo; ask questions before the project is begun, and you'll save time later.