Delegation, when we don’t do it right, is a frustrating business. We discover down the road that things never turn out as we thought they would. We find ourselves looking at deadlines in the rearview mirror. It drives us crazy and reinforces the conviction that “if it has to be done right, then there is only one person to do it.”
But BEWARE! Therein is the vicious circular road to burnout. Because the busier you are, the less time you have to share your thoughts, feelings, and rationale for the things you want to be doing. So, you cut instructions to the bone, ending up with disappointment all around and blowing out even more time in the “do-over.”
Long ago, when I expressed this delegation dilemma to my first mentor, he gave me a Christmas gift that just keeps giving. He said; “Delegate the ideas, the problems, or the situation. Never just the actions.” Delegation is like magic according to J.K. Rowling: “an exact art and a subtle science.”
Here’s the PBC step-by-step guide to more effective delegation. So, the first principle again…
Solving problems, making things happen, and doing the right things all connect us with our purpose. Learning new things, applying new skills, and staying in control of their own destiny are just the best motivators.
We wish you a happy Holiday Season and a prosperous New Year through effective delegation.
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