How to Delegate Tasks Better and Get Things Done

How to effectively scale your impact through the work of other people.

Dan Silvestre
The Startup
Published in
7 min readOct 27, 2023


Do you know a skill that separates an average manager from a superstar manager? Knowing how to delegate tasks better.

As a manager, you’ve got a lot of things on your plate. You’ve got clients to juggle, a team to run, and multiple projects to balance. Trying to do everything yourself is a recipe for burnout.

And look:

Maybe you’ve tried delegating tasks before and got burned.

You found out later the result was far from ideal. Or worse, it wasn’t even close to completion. Maybe you took this personally. Or it took you longer to delegate a task than to do it yourself.

And so you thought to yourself: “If I want something done right, I’ll have to do it myself!”

And abandoned the idea of delegating tasks for a while.

I get it. I’ve been there.

And I see it every week coaching managers.

When you don’t know how to delegate tasks, delegation becomes yet another burden. It’s one more item on your to-do list, rather than freeing up your time.

Now, here’s the good news:

When you know how to delegate tasks better to your team, the results are nothing short of magical.

When you delegate tasks better, you:

  • Empower your team and it becomes more efficient and effective
  • Build a stronger and more skilled team
  • Improve your team’s culture and satisfaction
  • Reduce your workload while still ensuring the work gets done

Through my work with hundreds of managers, I’ve developed a simple framework to delegate tasks better.

But first, you need to decide what tasks to delegate.

Decide which tasks to delegate



Dan Silvestre
The Startup

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