Whiteboard Wednesday: How to DELEGATE S2E4 

October 7, 2016

By  Jeff J Hunter



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What is delegation?

Delegation is the act of giving control, authority, a job, a duty etc. to another person. At one point in time, every one of us will be in the position where we have to delegate someone. Whether it be work related or delegation to our children.

Four (4) Things to Consider When Delegating:


Can I make instructions for it?  

Are you able to tell the person what to do step by step so that they can complete the task? You need to be able to break it down for them in a simple and effective way so that they are able to understand. It is important to emphasize that people may not understand what you are trying to say.

Therefore it is essential to provide them with logical and coherent instructions. If you are unable to create clear instructions you can expect a useless product. If so,  then most probably you are unable to delegate.

Additionally, it is essential to provide them with logical and coherent instructions. If you are unable to create clear instructions you can expect a useless product. If so, then most probably you are unable to delegate.


Should I delegate it? 

There are certain things that should not be delegated, one of them being relationships. You need to first take into consideration “will this delegation impact the relationship I have with my clients?”  You should ensure that the task is worth delegating. It’s best to delegate a task to someone who is an expert in the particular field that you need the task done.



What is RGA?

RGA stands for “Revenue Generating Activity.”

You need to ask yourself; “is what I’m doing generating revenue?”  It is better to delegate someone to do a particular task so that less of your time is spent doing something which someone else can do for you so that you can move on to something else.

Therefore you are able to move on from one task to another, which increases productivity and efficiency within the company, thus generating revenue. With help from such a person, you are able to move on from one task to another. Hence increasing productivity and efficiency within the company to generate revenue.



S- Skills- does the job require a specific skill set?

T- Tools- does the task require a certain task that they don’t have, or you don’t have? Do they have the capacity to do it? (For example, the internet, in terms of quality)

– Opinion-Are you asking for an opinion? Do you want them to be creative and come up with something? If so that will be a problem since you don’t want to outsource certain relationships.

P- Processes- You need to ensure that you have the right processes in place to delegate. Ensure that you are using a project management tool, to assign tasks and get things done.


Final Thoughts

There are several things we need to consider when delegating. You need to:

  • ensure that you are able to give instructions for the particular task.
  • ask yourself whether or not you should delegate.
  • decide if it is generating revenue.

Lastly, you need to S.T.O.P –  establish if the job requires a skill set, does it need a specific tool? Are you asking for an opinion? Do you have the processes in place for the individual to complete the task? As entrepreneurs, we understand that your time is limited.

A Virtual Office Assistant can assist you to create Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for delegating tasks. Contact us today and let’s determine what you need to delegate so you can do the things you actually like to do.


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Digital Marketing Strategist with background in Information Technology, Project Management, and Business Process Outsourcing. An expert in content marketing, search engine optimization (SEO), and dependent on Virtual Assistants to survive.

As the founder of VA Staffer, he has built a company with over 150+ virtual assistants, specializing in executive assistants and remote teams. Jeff's a master at leveraging AI and human capital to build things fast (and smart). He's a contributor to top business publications such as Entrepreneur and Forbes, and he has been featured on major news networks including ABC and CBS.

Jeff J Hunter

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