I know, I know… just the title makes you cringe.
And, if I’m honest, it makes me cringe too. You mean something may not be perfect? Not on my watch!
What have you done to make sure that it is true? Everything. Literally… everything.
And, how do you feel? Overworked. Stressed. Exhausted. The list goes on.
We heard from Trish Brooks, a couple of weeks ago about the concept that “we don’t delegate because of a fear that the employee may not meet our (sometimes perfectionist) standards.”
So, Trish, how would you recommend working past this fear?
“First, connect with a time when you were given the responsibility for a project that was slightly over your head.
Think about how great the learning was, how engaged you were, how grateful you were for the trust of your boss.
Remember that you were successful!
Are you willing to give that same gift to your employees?
Your role as a people leader is to lead the people first (not the product – the product work will be good if you lead the people).
Developing people is a huge part of your role; one of the most important parts!”
Take a moment to let those last two lines sink in… maybe even read them one more time.
When we think about delegating a task in terms of giving the gift of developing the people around us, it creates different perspective.
Choose one direct report who you would like to begin (or continue!) developing.
Now, look at your workload and choose one task that you can [deep breath] delegate to that person.