If you want to have the business you need to have the life you want, then you’ll need time, time to do the right things, the things that only you can do to get the business where you want it to be. We all have the same amount of time, you have the same amount of time as Richard Branson or Elon Musk, but it’s what you do with that time that gets you to where you want to be. So how do you get more time? You can’t make more time, that’s impossible, so it’s simple, by stopping doing what you shouldn’t be doing and delegating. It’s hard and I wanted to share the reason why I think business owners don’t delegate and to find out how you can.
I don’t have time
This might seem really strange but it’s one of the biggest reasons why people don’t delegate. How will you find the time to recruit, train & keep track of what others are doing? Is it a question of time or priority?
I don’t know how
It’s hard to recruit and delegate others and sometimes it’s difficult for some people to teach others what to do. If that’s the case get some help on how to delegate. A simple three stage process like, they watch you three times, you watch them three times and they then do it three times on their own and report back to you…I use this and it works!
I don’t trust others
If you want to grow your business then it’s a fact of life that you can’t do it all by yourself. Other people are sometimes not trustworthy. It’s very important that, when you delegate, you do so to the RIGHT people. That said, often our mistrust of others can end up crippling our leadership. You can end up ‘throwing the baby out with the bathwater’ if you’re not careful. Leaders take calculated risks. So calculate and take some risks.
I don’t want to lose control
It’s hard to let go. Delegation means taking a risk, it means you won’t be holding the steering wheel anymore. Which also means you won’t be able to control how things are done. Of course, when we give into this fear, what we’re really saying is that nobody can do it better than us – which probably isn’t really true. Giving up control is a basic ingredient of leadership. If you can’t do it, you’re not leading.
I can do it better
At the beginning, this is almost always true. People will live down to your expectations, so if you have low expectations you’ll get poor results and that’s probably the number one reason why you don’t delegate. If someone else can do it 80% as well as you, it’s probably worth releasing it to them. The key is to be committed to equipping and training them to make it work. For people to progress you need to take a risk and let them struggle and fail at times.
Delegation for some is not always easy, but give it a try – more will get done and you can have the business you need to have the life you want!