The Process of Delegation

You Can’t Do It All – Learning To Delegate

There is not a single management skill more critical to your personal and professional success as an entrepreneur than learning to delegate. There is much more to delegating than meets the eye. It does not mean to simply hand out assignments. It is a science and an exercise in understanding one’s self.

Some of us have been lucky enough to find our strengths and at the same time recognize areas traditionally referred to as weaknesses. It takes mammoth strength to let go and say, “OK, this is not my area of expertise and here is where I need help. This is how I will get this help.” Often, there are things we wish we were good at but somehow cannot seem to grasp (not for lack of intellectual ability, but for lack of experience/exposure). We must learn to accept this fact.

In this fast-paced world we live in, we must choose what it is we wish to conquer and what we need to let go of. An artful business person learns what He/She does best and does that to the best of His/Her ability. He/She lives it, breathes it, and sleeps it. It is a passion. The rest can be left to someone else.  Unfortunately, that someone else does not just appear from thin air. Networking or relationship building, is the initial key component of delegating.

You need to determine how your time would best be spent.  The key is to determine what you need to know, want to know, must know, and already know. Keep lists with these headings to remind you of these things. It is a great feeling to cross things off your list.

Becoming an Expert

Jack of all trades, master of none. The old adage holds a lot of weight in today’s entrepreneurial environment. Know what you do and do it the best you can.  Where does your expertise lie?  The areas you aren’t an expert in and don’t want to become one, set out immediately to find these experts you need.  It is important to surround yourself with competent individuals who have complimentary areas of expertise. Choose carefully and wisely and be ready to compensate these individuals for a job well done.

Payment need not always come in the form of dollars. Remember your area of expertise and be ready to trade it for what you need.  When bartering you need to follow a few simple rules: be nice and respectful, send thank you notes, and recognize those individuals who have helped you both publicly and privately. In doing so, you will gain respect and be known as someone who gets the job done.

When you are an expert, people will come to you in need of your talent. Be prepared to use it. Be proud of your skill and share it.

The Power of Delegating

It is quite liberating once you really do let go and put your trust in other people. The key here is to identify good people, enlist them in your cause or business, give them the ball, and then allow them to run with it. Only you will determine if the ball gets dropped. You must manage and oversee the game on a consistent basis. You must give the right ball to the best possible player.

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