This post is part of a 3-part series on delegation:
What to delegate
To start off, I'm going to state the obvious, or at least I think it's fairly obvious. A key to getting more out of delegation is to delegate cool tasks.
Most people tell you not to. They recommend delegating the crap jobs you hate doing. That may sound good when you first hear it, but guess what, your subordinates hate those jobs too.
On a more serious note… your ultimate goal should be to delegate anything that doesn’t require your direct attention.
That's a much simpler way to delegate. Of course, you can’t just throw your subordinate under a bus by giving them complex work right from the beginning. It’s best to use a strategy to start them at a reasonable level of responsibility and then begin adding complexity from there.