Think you just delegated something? Don’t ask “do you understand?” — that question doesn’t work.
Here are the two questions you should ask to find out if you did, in fact, delegate.
- What do you understand?
- Why is this task important?
If the answers you get back match the answers you would have given, then you have delegated successfully. If they are different, you have a communication gap.
Hat tip: Mark Goulston as interviewed by Jason.