How many times have you had the following thought? “I need to clone myself. I will never to able to create a life that includes everything that matters to me – doing excellent work, having time to play, nurturing great relationships, eating well, and exercising – unless I somehow figure out how to add more hours to my day.”
Whether considering your work or your personal life, delegating is the answer. Start from the premise that your job is doing only those things that others cannot do. Delegate everything else.
I recognize how radical that thought is, and that strictly following it will vary in each of the roles that you have in life, but embracing the premise is essential. You can create a To-Do list that includes ALL of the things that truly matter to you and have enough time to actually get them done and do them well.
But delegation is NOT shoving something off your plate onto someone else’s and breathing a sigh of relief.
Delegation is a process. It involves granting authority to someone else for a specific task or project for which you are ultimately responsible, and holding them accountable for good work.
Leadership skill: Delegate effectively.
Delegation takes thought and practice. The more frequently you do it, the more natural it becomes. When beginning the process of delegating, take time to walk through the following steps:
Step 1 – Select the person.
Step 2 – Clearly define what needs to be done and which of the five levels of responsibility described below the person should take in getting it done.
Step 3 – Create buy-in.
Step 4 – Together design a schedule of follow-up.
How are you doing, 0 – 10, delegating effectively?
How well you are delegating is easy to see. Are delegated tasks getting done well and on time? Have you created a life with time to do what matters to you?
The process of delegating is constantly flexing as the tasks on our plate vary. I am currently delegating at about a 7 – frequently mindful about involving others, yet occasionally feeling overwhelmed.
“Overwhelmed” is the key. Notice it. Do something about it. Delegate.