As a manager, one of the best ways to prepare your staff for future assignments is to delegate tasks that will (kindly) force them to stretch outside of their comfort zones. These stretch assignments often produce at least as much learning and growth as a training class or seminar would. In fact, author Cynthia McCauley says, “When managers and executives are asked to describe their careers, 50-75% of the experiences they describe are challenges encountered in their assignments at work.”
However, delegating can be difficult when you’d like an employee to take on an assignment that falls outside his “normal” set of responsibilities. When this happens, you run the risk of hearing the dreaded, “That’s not my job.”
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