When you delegate a task, clarify what you expect, by when and why it’s essential.
Clear expectations are vital to keep the process or project on track. Set specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound (SMART) goals to provide a pathway to success. Also, ensure your team understands what needs to be done as well as the broader context — how will their tasks contribute to the company’s overall goals? This will ideally help align the end result with the overall vision.
If communication isn’t your natural forte, online communication courses can come in handy. Such courses can provide practical tips, including how to articulate your expectations, give feedback and navigate difficult conversations. They can also teach techniques for becoming more persuasive and tailoring your communication style to different individuals and situations.
Other key tips for communication:
- Be timely and consistent
- Provide regular feedback
- Create checkpoints to ensure progress tracking
Open lines of communication invite questions and suggestions, allowing room for innovation.