Delegation’s Biggest Barriers
To be successful, entrepreneurs, managers and leaders must be able to delegate. It’s hard to do and delegation’s biggest barriers are oftentimes individual perceptions and fears. These perceptions can seem very real but if you can identify them, you can overcome them.
Give up Time to Free Up Time
As an entrepreneur, it’s important to dedicate your time and resources to promoting and growing your business. Make a list of the tasks you do throughout the day and how much time is dedicated to each. If you spend a significant amount of time on clerical tasks like bookkeeping, sending emails and setting appointments, you could benefit from delegating those tasks.
A professional assistant can whiz through those tasks freeing you up to network, sell and market your business. Take the time to train a new hire thoroughly. A little time spent in the beginning will give you big rewards in the future.
Are You a Control Freak?
Your job is to manage and run your business, not to do everyone’s job. Let go of your perception that if you want the job done right, you must do it. You probably can do some things better yourself, but you cannot do it all by yourself. If you have a good communication system in place you should be able to maintain a sense of control without micromanaging. You might also benefit from new perspectives and discover a more effective way of doing things.
It’s Hard to Delegate What You Like to Do
Successful entrepreneurs are passionate about what they do. If you are web developer, you started your business because that’s what you really love to do. Now that your business is growing you can’t do it all yourself but you’re reluctant to give up the task you love doing the most. Is continuing to stay up until the wee hours of the morning finishing a new site an effective use of your time? Probably not.
Don’t think of delegation as a way to shuffle off tasks you simply don’t want to do. Think of it as a way to alleviate stress and regain control of your future. You and your company will benefit with more time to plan and organize, more personal time, more creativity and increased motivation.
Take this self-quiz to see if you understand the barriers to delegation.
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