Hello M-T friends :
I would appreciate any help on getting perspective (or advice) on some recent missteps I seem to be making.
My role has been expanding and evolving over the past few years into less of a technical position and more of an Administrative position.
I have seen some difficulty delegating some of my tasks. And My Boss has let me know, a few times recently that I need to stop doing so many of these things on my own and delegate them.
The difficulty is that on the tasks that were referred to the people I would have delegated them to are not my Directs.
Incidentally, they were previously my directs - as all of those responsibilities were previously mine.
The folks were originally hired to assist me. Yet, they have over the past 2 years been re-aligned out from under me and officially report to other people, yet we are supposed to work closely together.
Normally, I would have delegated what I wanted, or started a project/task and then hand it over to my Direct when I felt it needed to be handed over. (I still do this with my existing Directs)
With these two recent incidents :
I was presented with an issue that is or was generally my responsibility (or a shared responsibility). And It is still under my General Purview ....
I see the need for the task, I know what needs to be done. I am so used to doing it myself - picking up the phone - calling people, writing a sample webpage, etc...
When these folks were my Directs I would have just asked them to do it. Now since they are not - I started doing it myself.
I jumped the gun... I started running with ball - and the Boss called me on it.
* Question : How do I pass along a new task / assignment / project to someone when I do not have the general authority to do so ?
With other peers I am content to say - "Well that's their job task, I'm not responsible for that dept. or anything they do. I'll make a suggestion and let them do with it as they will "
Not the case here. These are tasks that do fall under my General Purview, but not the employees. I am not content to merely "make a suggestion" , nor am I officially allowed to assign them the task.
Any thoughts ?