Happy Friday!

Happy Friday

 

We made it through another week!

It’s the first Friday of March…. we’ve almost made it to the end of Q1.

What goals or projects have you already finished?

Where do you need to pick up the pace?

Celebrate your accomplishments this week and keep rockin’ it out!

Keeping Your Cool

relax-on-the-beachI know… the picture almost makes you cringe.

Maybe it’s because you are experiencing the cold of winter and you can’t even remember what 50 degrees feels like.

But more likely it’s because of all the impeding deadlines you just realized you need to complete in the next 26 days. I know… I feel the pressure too.

Maybe it is a big project? Or two or three…? Or all those sales goals you are expected to make during the holidays? Or figuring out how to pitch to the last big client you are hoping to land before the end of the year?

How do you keep your cool and relax during it all?

These three suggestions given by Forbes are a great place to start. Particularly insightful, especially for this time of year, is the point that a lot of times stress is not one big event but rather lots of little events that built up over time.

During the month of December when there are holidays, family gatherings, work celebrations, and days off- all of the little things that need to get done can add up rather quickly. Recognizing each pressure and creating lists and goals are a great way to prioritize your daily needs (both personal and professional).

Hang in there!

Do You Really Want to Delegate?

Ok – let’s take a step back for a moment.

We’ve been talking about delegation for a couple of weeks now. There have been different tips on how to delegate and different insights on why we don’t delegate.

I think it’s time we ask ourselves a different question… do you actually want to delegate?

Let’s not just take the easy answer and say, “Yes, of course I do. All great managers delegate”.

Tze Meng ChinTze Meng Chin, a leadership and development Coach located in Singapore, said a couple of weeks ago that one of the reasons we don’t delegate is “perhaps an unwillingness or lack of know-how”. He went on to elaborate that, “there has to be a willingness or motivation or compelling need to want to delegate.”

We know great managers delegate but sometimes it feels easier to stay “safe” in our busy work box and not delegate. If that is the case, all the knowledge won’t help us.

Chances are, if we aren’t delegating then we are probably overworked and a little (or a lot) stressed. This will affect our quality of work, our attitude, and the attitude of our team.

Let’s be real this week and think about if we actually want to delegate.

Knowing exactly where we are in this journey is key to knowing where we need to go.

Rest This Labor Day

Well, the weekend we’ve been waiting for has finally arrived.

Labor Day Weekend.

The last hurrah of summer. A weekend of great sales. The last regulated day off before Thanksgiving (don’t think about how far away that is!).

Many times we take a day, like Labor Day, to do or finish all those things we don’t anticipate we’ll have time for in the next couple of months.

But, we want to encourage you to rest. Yes – rest. Not necessarily sleeping in, but taking the time to really give yourself a break- either mentally, physically, or emotionally.

It’s important for rest to be apart of our lives on a consistent basis. But for now, take a break this weekend. You deserve it.

(Im) Perfect

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.

Why Don’t We Delegate?

So, how did delegating the task go this week? Did you do it?

Or – did you think about delegating and then for some reason decide not to?

We all know we could delegate better, but many times we don’t know why we are not.

We asked four expert Coaches from Singapore, Canada, and the United States to summarize in one sentence why we don’t delegate.

Before we hear their responses- let’s meet each Coach!

Comparison Coach Bios

So, y’all… Why don’t we delegate?

Jennifer JonesJennifer:  If I delegate my duties to my team, what will I do; how will I add value and contribute?

 

 

 

Trish BrooksTrish:  Often people don’t delegate because they are afraid of the risk of the outcome if the employee doesn’t meet their (sometimes perfectionist) standards.

 

 

Lisa:Lisa Harper They feel they don’t have time to explain the project or task and they think it’s easier to just do it themselves, not thinking about the long term impact this can have.

 

 

Tze Meng ChinTze Meng: It is challenging to answer this question in ONE sentence. To generalize, perhaps its unwillingness or lack of know-how. The former is more challenging.

 

 

 

Does one of the above reasons strike a chord with you? Or maybe it sparks another thought on why you are not delegating as often as you can be.

Knowing reasons why we don’t do something is a great starting point.

In the coming weeks, we will be going a more in depth about what we can do to combat the reasons above.

Until then, try the exercise we did! Write down one reason that may be holding you back in delegating.

 

Learning to Let Go

Learning to Let Go

Missing the ‘balance’ in your work/life balance? Chances are you’re not delegating effectively. If you manage this way repeatedly, you’re setting yourself up to be overworked and resentful of the employees you have working for you. Delegation not only shifts some of the work to your staff, but most importantly, helps employees learn.

Read more about delegation in HBR’s article by Amy Gallo ‘Why Aren’t you Delegating?’