Embracing Delegation: Letting Go of Control for Business Success

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As a business owner, the idea of delegating tasks can be downright terrifying. What if they don’t do it right? What if they don’t care about it like I do? These are valid concerns, but the truth is, delegating is a crucial skill that can take your business to new heights. So, let’s dive into the world of delegation, address those fears, and explore why it’s not just okay but essential for your business growth.

No one will care about your business as much as you do, and that’s okay!

Your business is your brainchild, and it’s natural to feel a deep connection to every aspect of it. But here’s a reality check: no one will care about your business like you do. And that’s perfectly fine! Instead of trying to make everyone care as much as you, try to find genuinely passionate individuals about their assigned tasks.

What if they don’t do it exactly like I do it?

Guess what? They shouldn’t! Delegating isn’t about finding someone to replicate your every move. It’s about leveraging skills and perspectives that are different and complementary to yours. Often, your team understands their tasks better than you do (this means you hired the right person!). Embrace the differences and trust that they will bring their own strengths to the business.

If you’re not good at something, delegate it!

It’s okay not to be a master at everything – that makes you human. Recognize your strengths and weaknesses. If there’s a task you’re not excelling at, delegate it! Chances are there’s someone in your team or network who can handle it more efficiently. Trust is the backbone of delegation. It’s about believing in your team’s capabilities and allowing them to succeed. Don’t be a micromanager; instead, create an environment of trust and accountability. Remember, effective delegation is about playing to everyone’s strengths.

Pro tip – Use resources like the Gay Henderson Zone of Genius Matrix to identify each team member’s unique abilities.

Set clear expectations

One of the key reasons for delegation anxiety is the fear of the unknown. Counter this by setting clear expectations. Communicate what needs to be done, the desired outcomes, and any specific guidelines. When everyone is on the same page, the delegation process becomes smoother.

Pro tip – Voice recordings can be a time saver! It is a more streamlined process to brain dump any guidelines to your team.

Jessi’s Delegation Chronicles

Let’s look at Jessi and Outgrow Your Garage in terms of delegation. Jessi is notorious for taking on tasks that linger at the bottom of her priority list. These are the ones that, let’s be honest, probably won’t get done anytime soon. What Jessi discovered, however, is that if she delegates these tasks to someone else, tasks that are low on her priority list become high on theirs, and get the attention they deserve.

Jessi is also known for having a crystal-clear vision of what she doesn’t want but might not be so sure about what she does want. This often leads to Taryn’s most stress-induced phrase from Jessi – “I don’t know, figure it out”. While it may sound harsh, it’s a powerful tool for encouraging problem-solving and autonomy. The moral of the story: delegation success hinges on communication and trust.

Delegating is a leap of faith, but it’s a leap worth taking for the success of your business. Focus on what makes your business uniquely yours and empower your team to handle the rest!

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