3 Steps to Adding Delegation to Your Life

Don’t Wait — Delegate!

There is one attribute that all successful businesses have in common — from the single-bodied LLC in a home office, to well-established enterprises with scores of employees: management that understands how to utilize the power of delegation!

Delegation can be more difficult for some personalities than others.  The perfectionist may cling to micromanaging every detail; the natural-born leader may feel that he must single-handedly hold all the reins while his employees merely carry out carefully-directed tasks.  Artful delegation creates more success for everyone involved, and it is worth recognizing and overcoming any preventive misgivings.

Whether you’re overwhelmed with customers or struggling to grow your client base, delegation may be your answer.  Here are 3 steps to get you started:

Step 1: Mental Inventory

What has prevented you from delegating in the past?  Fear?  Pride?  Identify, rationalize, and dismiss any emotional misgivings about delegating facets of your company duties.  Start thinking positively about what other talents can bring to your business.

Step 2: Resources Inventory

Consider those around you.  If you have employees, think outside the box they’re currently in, to what skills they have which you may not be fully utilizing.  Perhaps you’ve noticed that the girl you have answering the telephone does an excellent job of composing professional and well-written emails, and she has a great sense of humor.  Could she use her personality and writing skills to start up and take charge of that company blog you can’t find the time to launch?

If you’re a one-person enterprise, have you explored your options to delegate to an independent contractor online at a fraction of the cost of hiring a full- or part-time employee to commute to your office?  The overall consciousness of the business world is behind the curve of reality regarding what resources are now available to streamline and improve performance on recession-era budgets.  Businesses of any size should explore the amazing possibilities of delegating to administrative support specialists who work from remote locations.

Step 3: Let Loose, but Don’t Let Go!

So, you’ve acknowledged your need to delegate, you’ve found the right people to take on some of your duties, and now it’s time to kick back and relax!  –Not so much.  While artful delegation does require that you transfer a hearty amount of trust to the delegatee, you do maintain the ultimate responsibility for all facets of your business.  So, while you clear some things off your plate, keep everything on your radar.  Constantly gauge the results of your delegation.  Are your customers happier?  Is your client base increasing?  Delegation does require investment, and should quickly produce results.

Additional reading:
How to Delegate Effectively 
Successful Delegation
Leadership: The Importance of Knowing How to Delegate

 

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