This article was originally published on February 27, 2020 on Attorney @ Work.


Welcome to the final installment of our series on effective delegation for lawyers. By now you know that when it comes to effective delegation, there are three important steps focused on whatwho and how.

In Part 1, “What Can You Delegate?,” we shared a matrix to help you determine what work can be effectively delegated and what work you should do yourself. Part 2, “To Whom Should You Delegate?,” provided another matrix that will help you determine the best candidate for the job. In this final part, we’re discussing the “how” of an effective delegation process.

Step 3. Specifying How You Want the Work Done

Now that you are clear on what task you want to delegate and the person you are delegating it to, you are ready to delegate the work. And this is where most lawyers make mistakes. They rush through the process of explaining the task. Likewise, they fail to set clear deliverables or confirm expectations, or avoid holding others accountable.

To delegate legal work like a pro, you want to assess several things first…

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Happy (effective) delegating!