The Culture Equation – Delegation

Imagine that you’re doing what you’re lit up by doing and that you can actually offload the things that you really don’t like doing…

TBC Training quotes 2…Imagine being able to work 40-50 hours a week instead of 62 hours and still have everything get done and actually have things things get done better…Imagine what that would be like!

One of the key advantages to delegating is that you can get things off of your plate that you don’t enjoy doing. Often these are things that you have been doing when you first started in your role… and are no longer a high-leverage usage of your time. Doing tasks that requires too much willpower could drain you of the valuable energy and resource that you could put to a more important high-leverage tasks that will really move the needle for the business.

WHY is Delegation Important?

One of the things that companies struggle most with as they’re trying to scale from $1.5M company to $5M company to the $10M company is delegation. Leaders in a growing organization are always challenged with letting go and trusting others to do things well. In a growing company, delegation is super critical.

1. It is critical to sustained scalability.

When a company grows, so does the workload. Growth means more to do as the company takes on new initiatives.  You as a leader must learn to delegate if the company is to continue to grow otherwise scaling up is next to impossible.

2. Delegation is necessary to grow leadership capacity.

One of the hardest things for leaders to learn as a company is scaling up rapidly is learning the shift from “doing the doing” to “leading the doing” having been so used to the “I’ll do it,  mentality instead of saying “I’m going to find someone to do that.” This part alone takes up big chunk of the learning curve. Delegation is one of the most important skills a leader must develop.

3. Leverage.

Being able to focus on high-leverage work is just one of the many importance of delegating. Being a leader means learning to offload the workload so you can focus on the big picture.

4. Gives you space to think more strategically.

When you learn how to delegate you have enough space to think more strategically. You will be able to take your most valuable time and energy, and leverage it to create a much greater output. Delegation empowers you to become a more powerful leader who creates a far greater impact in the company.

WHEN do you Delegate?

Leaders who do not delegate limit their potential. If you keep finding yourself getting stuck in “the weeds”,  then you are not a very good leader. So how do you know when you should be delegating? Find out by answering the following questions:

energy-73336_6401.  Are you are working more than 50 hours a week?

2.  Do you not have enough time in the day?

3.  Do you not have the time for a high-leverage work?

4.  Do you regularly work on weekend?

5.  Do you constantly hear yourself say…“Arg! There is no one else who can do this, so i’ll just do it” or  “I just don’t have enough time in the day to do all of that”?

If you answered YES to all of the questions above, then you are obviously not delegating enough and should start doing it pronto.

WHAT can you Delegate?

There are numerous tasks that you can delegate like…

  1. Things you do repetitively. Repetitive tasks are expected to have a process already. Create a standard operating procedure around it and  train someone to do it.
  2. Necessary but low leverage for your role or time. Delegate tasks that are not a good use of your time. Focus instead on tasks critical for the company’s long-term success.
  3. Tasks from your previous role or from an on-going projects.  These are tasks that you find yourself still doing them and they just started piling up because you did not find someone to do it and before you know it  you no longer have the bandwidth to offload them.
  4. Things you know someone else can do. Even if you think that you can do a menial task better than someone else, it is a poor reason to keep it for yourself. It is just but natural for a leader to do tasks better than their team but it doesn’t mean that you should. Empower someone else that you know has the potential to do the task better than you.
  5. Things you don’t like doing. One of the things about things that you don’t like doing is that it’s exhausting because it takes willpower. It is also more damaging to do things that you don’t like doing regularly over time because it leads to burn out very quickly.

Leaders are continuously hounded by questions like “Can I find the right person?” or “Are they going to do it right?” Leaders must move past these as they are leadership killers. Delegating can be very uncomfortable at first but if you keep on practicing then it will ultimately become a second nature. Delegation helps you explore how to truly leverage yourself and achieve success.

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