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Delegation: A Skill You Didn't Learn In Graduate School

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Executive Summary

There are at least two major considerations when deciding when to delegate. First, in the interest of the firm and the client one must decide who can do the work effectively. Second, ask self if this is an appropriate opportunity to provide a junior colleague with a learning experience. Who can do the work effectively? Presumably one can or one would refer the work to a colleague, rather than keep it for self or delegate it. Is there someone who can do it equally well - or well enough to meet the needs of the client - at a lower cost to the client, leaving one available to do more profitable work or work that others can't? If so, the work is suitable for delegation.

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