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-- Stephen W. Comiskey
by Donna M. Gennett
1. Prepare beforehand.
2. Clearly define the task to be completed. Be specific. Ask the person to whom you are delegating to repeat the information back to you to ensure that he or she fully understands.
3. Clearly outline the time frame within which the delegated task must be completed.
4. Define the level of authority he or she is to use with this task:
Level one: The authority to recommend
Level two: The authority to inform and initiate
Level three: The authority to act
5. Identify checkpoints when you will meet with the delegatee to review progress and offer guidance, if needed. Schedule these meetings frequently at first, taper off as you see the task being mastered.
6. Hold a debriefing session to discuss what went well, what could have been improved, and what has been learned!
Reference: Gennett, D., (2003). If you want it done right, you don't have to do it yourself! Sanger, CA: Quill Driver Books
Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. The stroke victim may suffer brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms. Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:
* Ask the individual to SMILE.
* Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.
* Ask the person to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE.
If he or she has trouble with any of these tasks, call 9-1-1 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.
After discovering that a group of nonmedical volunteers could identify facial weakness, arm weakness and speech problems, researchers urged the general public to learn the three questions. They presented their conclusions at the American Stroke Association's annual meeting last February. Widespread use of this test could result in prompt diagnosis and treatment of the stroke and prevent brain damage.
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