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Application of the functions of management

The four functions of management, planning, organizing, leading, and controlling, are very essential in building strong organizations and even stronger more effective teams.

Planning
The planning stage is where all the other parts of

management begin from and it is important at all levels of management. The company's vision, mission, objective, and goals are taken into consideration in the planning stage and each one is worked through separately (Ervin, 1994).

Organizing
Organizing is basically allocating and configuring

resources to accomplish the preferred goals and objectives established during the planning process.

Leading
Leading is very important function of

management. . Leading involves close day-today contact with people, helping to guide and inspire them toward team and organizational goals.

Controlling
The final function of management is controlling.

The controlling factor basically monitors progress and ensures everyone is still on the same track.

Delegations
Delegation is the assignment of authority and

responsibility to subordinate at a lower level so that managers can devote more time and energy to higher level activities.

Evaluation of effective delegation skills


There are six skills necessary for effective

delegation from a manager /leader perspective they are: 1) The first and foremost step is to establish objectives and specify the task that need to be accomplished. 2)The second step in delegation is to choose right person for the job.

Evaluation of effective delegation skills


3)Third would be to get the sub-ordinates views

about the suggested approaches. 4)The sub-ordinates should be given the authority, time and resources to perform the assignment. 5)The fifth step is to schedule checkpoints for reviewing progress.

Evaluation of effective delegation skills


6) The final step is for the manager to follow

through by discussing progress at appropriate intervals. Delegation is considered a key aspect of leadership. To quote Woodrow Wilson "I not only use all the brains I have, but all I can borrow." (Blair, 1996) This quote effectively describes delegation.

Importance of mastering effective delegation techniques


The positive aspects of delegation techniques

include 1)Higher efficiency 2) Increased motivation 3) develops the skill of your team 4) And lastly proper distribution of work throughout the group

References
Bateman, Thomas S., Snell, Scott. (2004).

Managing. Management: The New Competitive Landscape. University of Phoenix Online Book: The McGraw-Hill Companies (2004). Ervin, Bernard L. (1994). Functions of Management. Retrieved October 14, 2005, from http://www.ag-ohiostate.edu/~mgtexcel/Function.html

References
Smith, Gregory (1999). How to Delegate

Effectively. Retrieved May 3, 2006, Web site: http://www.careerknowhow.com.delegate.htm Bateman, T., & Snell, S. (2004). Management: the new competitive landscape. 6th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill/Irwin