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Since it’s August, vacation is on our minds (see quote above). According to a 2013 survey by Expedia.com, the average American was entitled to 14 days of vacation that year, yet took only 10. That’s four days unused—twice as many as the previous year. And this year, who knows? Chances are, many managers fail to take advantage of their precious vacation days because they haven’t learned how to delegate effectively. So, as a public service, we’re featuring Brian Tracy’s tips on how to develop this essential management skill.


Check Out Your Latest Members-Only Articles:

Delivering Excellent and Ethical Customer Service
What Chip R. Bell learned about service on his family’s cattle ranch.

Delegate Effectively
Brian Tracy explains the art and science of this essential management skill.

5 Tips to Protect Your Business from Hackers
Keep your organization’s intellectual property safe from cyber threats.

Why Innovators Should Embrace Conflict
Creativity requires the right amount of the right type of conflict.

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Previous Members-Only Articles:

To Win, Understand Your Enemy
Age old advice from Sun Tzu’s The Art of War is still relevant today.

Are You an Awful Manager?
That’s a yes, if you’re guilty of these four telltale signs.

Why Persistence Pays Off
Success boils down to this: Ability × Persistence = Performance.

The 3 Major Sins of Sales Management
The trouble starts when the right people are not in the right roles.

Hire the Right People
Brian Tracy’s tips will help you hire the people who have the right stuff.

The 10 Top Accountability Killers
Check your accountability vital signs.

Marketing Effectively on Facebook
How to harness the marketing power of Facebook’s paid ads and boosted posts.

6 Ways to Boost Employee Engagement and Market Performance
Employee engagement and higher market performance go hand in hand.

Why Too Much Harmony Kills Collaboration
Are good manners hurting your business?

How to Supernetwork Your Way to Success
When building your professional network, quality trumps quality.

Do the Right Thing—While You Still Have a Choice
CVS Caremark voluntarily banned tobacco products from its stores.

Four Ways High-Performing Organizations are Adapting to the Age of Data
How to stay ahead of the Big Data curve.

Get Ready for the Data Crush
How to leverage the torrent of online customer data.

As Above, So Below
Employees expect their leaders to embody positive corporate values.

Learn to Embrace Your Butterflies
Nerves can actually enhance your presentation skills.

7 Keys to Successful Rebranding
Avoiding the pitfalls of launching a rebranding initiative.

10 Ways to Get Employees to Love Your Company
How to build a happy, motivated, high-achieving workforce.

How to Create Your Power Office
Create an environment where you operate from a position of power.

What Employers Must Do NOW to Drive and Sustain High Performance
Most organizations are ill prepared to deal with coming talent shortages.

Reaching Ethical Agreement Across Cultures
How people from different cultures can find common ground.

Just Say No to Your Inner Control Freak
Why you might be a micromanager.

What Is a Good Question? That’s a Good Question
The six types of “good” questions and when to use each.

With a Little Help from Your Friends
How to put your customers to work for you.

The Foundation of Healthy Leadership
What it takes to lead in today’s complex world.

14 Marketing Trends for 2014
What to consider when planning for the year ahead.

Customer Service Excellence Depends on Valued Front-line Employees
Give employees the respect and appreciation they deserve.

From Worst to First in One Year—Why the Right Talent Matters
How to choose the best talent for any team—in sports or business.

Help Put Our Veterans to Work
Helping vets transition from the battlefield to the boardroom.

Office Holiday Party Do’s and Don’ts
How to do yourself some good while having a good time.

How to Deal with the Office Gossipmonger
Handle a gossip without losing your cool.

How “The Best Thing That Could Ever Happen to You” Happened to Me
Help and hope for executives who experience job loss.

Seven Silent Business Killers
Leaders must look below the surface to gauge the real health of a business.

Using Vision to Drive Massive Change
Big changes require a cultural mindset shift.

Decoding the Job Interview
Ten cues to determine whether or not you'll get the job.

How to Change Minds Through Influence, Not Manipulation
A six-step process to persuade others to see things your way.

Drucker's Words of Wisdom
Peter Drucker's teachings applied to everyday situations.

Your Permanent Record
How to enhance your credibility in the age of Wikipedia.

Are You a "Cool Parent" or "Trail of Dead Bodies" Leader?
The best leaders avoid extreme management styles.

Are You Putting Your Clients Last?
Ten ways you may be inadvertently failing your customers.

Overcoming Objections
Advice from Brian Tracy's new book, Unlimited Sales Success.

How Millennials Are Rewriting the Rules of Management
Advice for our youngest managers (and the rest of us).

Why Projects Fail
Four common reasons projects fail, according to AMA's seminar "Project Team Leadership."

Banishing Boring Meetings
How to have fewer, yet more productive meetings.

Much Ado About Business Dining
The right way to host a perfect business meal.

The Seven Keys to Effective Delegation
Brian Tracy's tips on sharing the workload.

Five Reasons Why You Should Seek Rejection
The value of "eating 'nos' for breakfast."

Marketing to Millennials
What's your organization doing to engage 80 million young consumers?

How to Be a Great Mentee
Ten strategies to get the most out of a mentoring experience.

The Golden (or Red, Blue, or Green) Path to Success
A personality system that can help you become more effective and successful.

How to Turn Your Company into an Innovation Machine
Strategies from Terry Jones, founder of Travelocity and Kayak.com

Learning from Lost Customers
How to uncover a lost customer's motive, opportunity, and alibi.

10 Steps to Rev Up Employee Engagement
How high-performing organizations create a motivated, happy workforce.

Are You Scaring Your Employees to Death?
Fearful, uncertain workers revert to an unproductive "fight, flight, or freeze" mentality.

Nurture Your Career Connections
Remember everyone who has directly or indirectly helped advance your career.

Let's Hear It for Conflict
Why strong discussions and even fighting are signs of a productive team.

Launching High-Potential Employees Toward Leadership
How to cultivate and retain hi-po employees.

Brian Tracy on the Psychology of Performance
Insights from management/success guru Tracy's new book, Motivation.

How to Evolve from Smart Leader to Wise Leader
Wise leaders' flexible, resilient mindset allows them to act and lead with wisdom.

Overcoming the Enemies of Business Agility
Ironically, the number one enemy of agility may be our addiction to success.

Managing Change Is More Difficult than Ever
Issues pertaining to change continue to dominate the business landscape.

Find Success by Thinking Like an Entrepreneur
Strategies for finding prosperity, success, and happiness.

The SPARK of Leadership
How leaders can inspire and engage their troops.

Moving Forward After a Job Loss
Debunking job search myths.

Secrets of Hiring and Retaining the Right Person—Every Time
Fixing the disconnect between employee and employer expectations.

I'm a Manager, and So Can You
Basically, being a good manager isn't all that different from being a good person.

Stop Procrastinating—Now
A 10-step plan to escape the procrastination trap.

Leadership Strategies for Unpredictable Times
How successful leaders find opportunities, in any economic climate.

Ten Phrases That Should be Banned from Your Workplace Vocabulary
Negative and rude talk that can derail your career.

20 Things Every Career Woman Must Know
How women can increase their odds of moving up the corporate ladder.

Where New Jobs Will Really Come From
Most new jobs are created in response to innovation.

Four Questions Leaders Must Ask Themselves
What leaders should consider to ensure a successful 2013.

21st Century Customer Service
Tips from the author of High-Tech, High-Touch Customer Service.

Is Your Business Part of the Fakeosphere?
Make sure your organization's online presence doesn't raise red flags to consumers.

Performance Review Hooey
Are reviews just a bunch of "hooey"?

What It Takes to Put Clients First
How organizations can live up to their lofty customer service goals.

Retain Employees by Ignoring the Turnover Rate
i4cp looks at the relationship between turnover and market performance.

Office Holiday Gift-Giving Made Easy
Check out our expert's tips—before you max out your credit cards.

The Eight Roles of a Manager
From the new book AMA Business Boot Camp, edited by AMA CEO Edward T. Reilly.

Tips for Reaching Across the Aisle (Or Silo)
Four strategies to encourage cooperation and collaboration.

Moving from Boss to Coach
Insights from AMA's seminar "Improving Your Managerial Effectiveness."

How Much Is a "Like" Worth?
Getting a customer to "like" your business on Facebook is only the beginning.

Read this—Before You Start Writing
Valuable writing tips from The AMA Handbook of Business Writing.

The Acid Test for Employee Engagement
Employees' use of the word "we" or is a reliable barometer of their engagement.

Corporate Threat Intelligence 101
How to assess and manage threats to your business's continuity.

Keep Your Inner "Jack Donaghy" in Check
Is your management style more Jack Donaghy or Liz Lemon?

Dealing with Difficult People Is Easy
Simple strategies for handling challenging workplace relationships.

Survey Says: It's All About the Follow-up
Advice on the importance of follow-up to employee surveys.

Five Ways to Sabotage Employee Performance Management
A new report shows that U.S. organizations lag in performance management.

Do You Have What It Takes to be a Project Team Leader?
How to become the project manager everyone wants to work with.

Great Leaders are Positively Infectious
A leader's emotional tone, whether positive or negative, can spread like a virus to the rest of the team.

Avoid Hiring Mistakes
An executive search expert shares his secrets for successful hires.

Performance Reviews Go Social
New online social technologies can make reviews more useful (and fun).

Taking Service to the Stratosphere
12 steps to creating a culture that delivers outstanding service every day.

The Argument for Arguing at Work
Why conflict in the workplace can have a positive effect on performance.

mLearning: Not Everyone's Doing It Yet
New mobile technology has the potential to completely redefine learning.

The Four Pivotal Capabilities of Higher Level Leadership
The four essential elements of higher level leadership.

How to Make Your Network Work for You
The author of I Got My Dream Job and So Can You explains what networking is and isn't.

Conquering Procrastination (Don't Wait Until Tomorrow!)
Time management tips from AMA's seminar Managing Chaos.

Five Ideas to Keep Employees Engaged at Work
Low-cost strategies to attract and retain employees.

The Seven Deadly Sins of Sales Management
Is your organization guilty of any of them?

When Good Storytelling Goes Bad
Why everyone needs to have a researcher's skepticism.

Just One Thing: Sometimes that's All It Takes to Make a Difference
Improving a single workplace issue can dramatically improve the overall situation.