"You can do anything, but not everything." - David Allen
Have you ever delegated to a team member only to have that task land right back on your 'to do' list? That’s called reverse delegation and here’s how to prevent it:
1. Set clear checkpoints up front and have the employee come and report to you on their progress. When they come to you, they will present their progress with more ownership.
2. When they share their progress and present an issue, resist the urge to solve the problem. Instead, use that time to generate alternative solutions.
3. Beware of falling for the line, "you can do this much better than I can." As flattering as that may be, it might be a sign that they need a boost of confidence.