Llorens, J. (2010, October). "Up from the Middle." T & D, 18.
The article focuses on how middle management can bring employee engagement back into an organization. Four ideas are noted that make middle management's role more exciting such as giving managers the authority and leadership skills they need to take action and manage effectively. Research titled "Creating a New Deal for Middle Managers: Empowering a Neglected but Critical Group" is mentioned.
Martin, R. (2010, July/August). "Execution Trap." Harvard Business Review, 64–71.
The realization of a strategy depends on countless employees. So it's no surprise that when a strategy fails, the reason cited is usually poor execution. A metaphor for successful strategy is a white-water river, in which choices cascade from its source in the mountains (the corporation) to its mouth (the rest of the organization). Executives at the top make the broader choices involving long-term investments while empowering employees toward the bottom to make more concrete, day-to-day decisions that directly influence customer service and satisfaction. When downstream choices are valued and feedback is encouraged, employees send information upward, improving the knowledge base of decision makers higher up and helping everyone in the organization make better choices.
Neal, B. (2010, September). "Heroes and Sidekicks: Ensuring Proper Followership." T & D, 76–77.
The article focuses on the need for proper support to business leadership. It comments on the tendency for leadership initiatives to falter when they lack proper support and follow-up. It examines the literary concept of heroes and sidekicks and takes a closer look at the hero-sidekick team of Batman and Robin to determine the characteristics of effective sidekicks. It mentions the need for effective leaders to possess delegation skills and for support staff to be trained in how to receive delegation and work with leaders. It talks about the need for followers to know how to work effectively as a strong team member.
Stanley, T. (2012, April). “Delegating for Success.” Supervision, 7–10.
The article discusses the importance of delegating tasks within an organization and presents advice on doing so. The author describes the eight steps of effective delegating, ranging from selecting the task to delegate from praising the employee upon completion. He also emphasizes the importance of good communication with employees as a prerequisite for sound delegation.
Womack, J. (2010, November/December). "Productivity Coach’s Corner." Training, 6.
The article presents information on how to develop leadership skills in the workplace by delegating responsibilities to others. The author discusses the importance of establishing timelines, managing work tasks, and being clear in communications.
Bacon, T. (2012). Elements of Influence: The Art of Getting Others to Follow Your Lead. New York: AMACOM.
Based on 20 years of research, Elements of Influence shows readers how to: understand why people allow themselves to be influenced and why they resist; choose the right approach for each situation; be influential when they have no formal authority; and, succeed in every kind of organization even in other countries. Filled with exercises and practical applications, this book shows how anyone can increase his or her influence to achieve greater success.
Bednarz, T. (2012). Roles & Responsibilities of Delegation: Pinpoint Leadership Skill Development Training Series. Stevens Point, WI: Majorium Business Press.
Roles & Responsibilities of Delegation will illustrate the proven strategies and techniques to challenge your employees, improve overall effectiveness and enhance your effectiveness through delegation. It will instruct you in step-by-step manner, the successful delegation practices you need to apply to achieve your goals and obtain positive results and outcomes.
Luecke, R., & McIntosh, P. (2009). The Busy Manager's Guide to Delegation (Worksmart Series). New York: AMACOM.
Filled with quick tips, exercises, self-assessments, and practical worksheets, this book presents an easy-to-master, five-step process for effective delegation. The book shows readers how to set the stage for excellent results, what to do if things go wrong, and how to ensure that all their people benefit from the experience.
Pratt, B. (2008). Own the Forest, Delegate the Trees. Ponte Vedra Beach, FL: Hamilton & Cole Publishers Inc.
Gives you the project leadership tools and techniques to reduce stress and increase results. It's written by a seasoned peer who spent decades in the trenches of major corporations studying and experimenting with what works and what doesn't work. The author understands the needs and perspectives of both project managers and executives because she’s served in both roles.
Tittmer, R. (2007). 151 Quick Ideas for Delegating and Decision Making. Pompton Plains, NJ: Career Press.
New leaders and experienced leaders alike will find this book can help them be more effective at managing people and tasks. Each real world idea contained within has been tried and tested and are explained in an easy to understand format.