The Gift of Time: How Delegation Can Give you Space to Succeed

  • 2h 39m
  • Gail Thomas
  • John Wiley & Sons (UK)
  • 2015

From us to you...the precious gift of freedom from your unbearable workload and space to breathe!

What is the main thing that stops you doing all those things you'd love to do? That stops you trying a new idea, starting a new hobby, looking for new opportunities or finishing that long-overdue project. It's time isn't it? It certainly is for most of us. We're all drowning in work never-ending to-do lists, constant deadlines one after the other, too many emails to possibly answer! If only some of that load could be lifted. If only we could find some space, some breathing room, some time to actually think. It would mean we could try new things, think creatively, do our best rather than just enough to get it done and off our plate. Certainly in work, business growth is dependent on creative thinking and innovation you need time to do that. If you want to succeed in your career, or make more room in your life for the non-work stuff, then you need to free up some time. And what's the key to finding time? Delegation. Let Gail Thomas teach you to art of delegation. Stop wasting your time on tasks you're overqualified for and see how you actually can focus on the important stuff. And you won't just learn how to delegate 'down' Gail will also help you master upwards delegation.

The Gift of Time includes:

  • How proper delegation can lead to a more successful career and a happier life
  • Solid research into the value of delegation in real monetary terms
  • An examination of the attitudes and barriers to delegation and how to overcome them
  • Different types of delegation not just 'downward delegation' but upwards and sideways delegation, silent and stakeholder delegation
  • Articles by guest writers experts in particular areas, such as parental delegation
  • Case studies to illustrate exactly how effective delegation has been done to great results

About the Author

Having fallen into business studies as a lost soul without the right grades for uni after a mediocre set of A levels results, Gail was bitten by the business bug but afraid to make the leap and start up on her own, so she went and got a job instead. Following an MBA and a FTSE board position, she gave up a successful corporate career at the age of 30, having decided it was time to become a businessperson. The dream was to own or co-own a number (or portfolio) of small businesses, all to be run by an appropriate manager while Gail enjoyed much free time and long holidays. It took fifteen years to achieve the former; she’s still working on the latter.

In this Book

  • The Gift of Time—How Delegation Can Give You Space to Succeed
  • Introduction
  • The Definition of Delegation
  • The Benefits of Delegation
  • The Value of Delegation
  • Types of Delegation
  • Barriers to Delegation
  • Over-Capability
  • The Delegation Mindset
  • Step 1—Why Delegate?
  • Step 2—What to Delegate?
  • Step 3—Who to Delegate To
  • Step 4—Getting From ‘I Do’ To ‘You Do’
  • Step 5—How to Delegate
  • Delegation as a New Leader
  • Delegation and Other Leadership Skills
  • Disastrous Delegation
  • Delegation for Parents
  • Conclusion: To Only Do, What Only You Can Do
  • Appendix 1: The Art of Delegation White Paper
  • Appendix 2: The Art of Delegation Manifesto