It’s as Easy as 1, 2, 3…

You can’t get everything done that you need to and you have a team for a reason- so, you delegate.

We’ve all heard the word…we all know what it means.

So, how do you do it? It’s easy as 1, 2, 3:

Step 1. Decide what you will delegate.

Look at all the work you have and separate out the tasks that only you can do with the tasks that others can do as well.

Step 2. Determine clear expectations and tangible results.

Sit down with your direct report and explain what they will be doing and your expectations for how the task gets done and when it is to be competed by.

Step 3. Monitor results.

Schedule a follow-up meeting to ensure the task has been completed, review how completing the task went, and answer any questions.

It’s that easy, right? … YEAH, RIGHT!!

If delegation really was as easy as A, B, C – we would all be doing it flawlessly. And, there would be no reason for hundreds of books, articles, and trainings on the art of delegation.

Over the next weeks we will be digging through what holds us back from delegating and what we can do to overcome those things.

Between now and then- think about one task you can delegate. And, try it!

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Trust Your Gut

Ever had that deep-down feeling that you’re right?

 

We all have different experiences, background, preconceived notions, environments, etc. All of these things come together to make us who we are, help us make decisions, and ultimately gives us our ‘gut’.

How have you used your ‘gut’ successfully (or unsuccessfully) recently?

 

Want to read more about what this ‘gut’ is and how/when to trust it?  Try these:

The Neuroscience of Trusting your Gut

The Art (and Science) of “Trusting your Gut”

How to Know when to Trust your Gut

Vision and Perseverance


I think that mouse was thinking, “I’ve hit the motherlode with this cracker!  I’m taking it home!”

Vision is, “the ability to think about and plan for the future with imagination or wisdom”  and, ” a mental image of what the future will or could be like”.

Great leaders have always had extraordinary vision and the ability to paint the picture of what a vision of the future would be like.

Meanwhile, making the vision happen usually takes the effort of more than one leader. Though not in the case of this mouse,  it takes followers that are also leaders.  Folks that get things done… that execute.

Perseverance is  defined as, “steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success”.

Often times the idea person gets and takes the credit for the vision, but the reality is that the execution is as, if not more, important.  And that often takes more than a little motivation, energy, and perseverance. And high hopes.