“From a young age, I learned to focus on the things I was good at and delegate to others what I was not good at. That's how Virgin is run. Fantastic people throughout the Virgin Group run our businesses, allowing me to think creatively and strategically.” Richard Branson.

Delegation could be thought of as giving or assigning a task to another person. It may also be giving power or responsibility to someone. Delegating a task to another person could be beneficial to both parties. Firstly, the person delegating is able to free up time. Secondly, the person taking on the task is given the responsibility of completing it, which may encourage responsibility. Delegation might be considered to be a win-win situation for us all.

Delegate the task of choosing one of the following activities to try together this week to someone else in the family.

  • Play a board game or card game and have someone delegate responsibilities, like setting up, dealing and packing up at the end. Some games, like Monopoly, require a player to be the banker. Delegate these types of tasks to others.
  • Cook a meal together and delegate different tasks. Include other jobs, like setting the table, clearing the plates at the end and washing up.
  • Go out into the garden and have a working bee. List all the tasks that need to be completed and have someone be responsible for delegating each of the tasks to others.
  • Clean the house together as a family. Somebody gets to assign each job to different family members.
  • Have someone plan a special family movie night. They will need to delegate different tasks, like setting up the movie, getting drinks, organising snacks and so forth.
  • Organise a bike ride or long walk with some friends. Delegate someone to organise the route, another organises the food and someone else the drinks. Do you need to delegate any other tasks?
  • Put on a load of washing together and delegate the different tasks from putting the washing and detergent into the machine, hanging it all out, bringing it in and then finally putting it away.
  • Consider an area inside the house that could do with a tidy up. Make a list of all the jobs that need to be completed then delegate each task to different members of the family.
  • Think about a family member or someone in the neighbourhood that could do with some help. Make a list of some things you could do to help them out and one person is to delegate each job.
  • Plan a picnic or barbeque in the park and invite some friends. Work out what food you would like to take and delegate what food you would like each other family to bring. Does someone need to bring a barbeque? What about drinks? What type of food will you need?

As I started my new role as the leader of the Year One teaching team, the beginning of the year brought on so much work, as it always does. New kids, new classes, new groups, new staff members, excursions to organise, paperwork, goal setting… the list goes on. Apart from teaching kids, there is always a lot to get through. As the leader, I had so much to do and to take it on alone would be crazy. Apart from teaching, I had a busy life at home, as everyone seems to these days. Driving Daisy to music lessons, Finn to tennis and Monty to soccer. I needed to delegate some of the task to my team. We discussed what needed to be done and then I requested that they each take on some of the jobs to help the team. This way, each person had a choice to take it on and a choice of which jobs to complete. Not only did I find that many of the jobs had been delegated, giving me more time, but also everyone experienced teamwork within the group. The tasks that needed to be completed showed up to everyone as opportunities to contribute to our team.

“Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don't interfere as long as the policy you've decided upon is being carried out.” Ronald Reagan.

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