The Five Worst Delegation Mistakes

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Delegating tasks is daunting. Here are the five most common mistakes advisors make when they hire new assistants and how to avoid them.

We’ve all seen this popular trope in movies: The big boss hires a bumbling assistant who spends the first half of the film wreaking havoc in the office.

We laugh at the misunderstandings and maybe even cringe at the assistant’s repeated blunders. By the movie's end, we cheer on the assistant who found their stride and is 10 steps ahead of their employer’s every need.

So many of us go into the hiring process with unrealistic expectations, believing our new-found team members will undergo a magical transformation and be effortlessly productive.

The reality is that your hire will resemble the fumbling assistant at the beginning of the feel-good movie, not the end. And this has more to do with your leadership than the person you hired.