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What are we talking about today? Today we’re talking about delegation. Are you ready? Let’s get started.
I’ve been asked all variations of this question. The basic question is, how do I get better at delegating? It’s a really good question because as leaders, we need to be better at delegating. And yet, it’s really hard to do. So if I were to give you three pieces of advice about what you could do to be better as a delegator, right away, here’s what they would be.
Number one, be willing to let go. I know it’s hard. You may have gotten promoted. You may be needing to delegate something to someone that is doing the job you used to do, the job you were really good at. And so you’ve kind of held on to that stuff. I’m going to keep that because I’m good at it, because I like it, because it’s known to me.
You’ve got to let go of that. And maybe there’s other stuff that you’ve been given that you don’t know how to share with somebody else. You’re just going to hold on to it. It seems too important. So I’m going to hold on. You’ve got to be willing to let go of the ownership of it. And the process of doing it until we’re willing to let go. We can’t get better at delegating.
Secondly, we must consider it an investment delegation is an investment. One of the things that people will say over and over is if you want something done right, you should just do it yourself, which is the opposite of delegating, right? It would take me longer to teach them than it would to just do it myself.
Again, the opposite of delegating. Both of those things are true the first time you know you’re not delegating because you’ve done it a long time because you know it because you’re good at it. So you can’t expect the other person to do it as quickly and as effectively as you, who’ve done it 663 times, for them the first time.
So we must be a little patient. We must think about it this way. If you want something done right, we have to give them the time to learn how to do it right. We must be patient. We must recognize that we’re making an investment of our time in the other person for the benefit of the business. Delegation is an investment.
And the third thing is think coaching. Without me going into deep details here. If you want to be better at delegating, you need to think about it being about coaching. How do I set clear expectations for someone? Help them see how they’re doing and give them the coaching they need. To keep getting better until they’re doing it as well. Or even better than you could do it yourself. Right.
So it’s a great question to want to get better at delegating. And a lot of it starts between our own ears. And if we do that, if we’re willing to let go and consider it an investment and think coaching, we’ve got a better chance of being successful at it.
Let me close with today’s tweet. If you want to be a better delegator, you must be willing to let go, be patient, and coach. If you want to learn much more about being more effective at delegating, we have an entire masterclass on being an effective delegator. You can learn more about that and our other master classes at RemarkableMasterClass.com.
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