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Delegate and get things off your plate

We all can imagine our perfect day – one in which we are doing work we love, making a difference and getting results. This fantasy often feels far removed from our daily reality, but that doesn’t mean we have to abandon it as a goal.

FIRST, CONSIDER THESE QUESTIONS, AND SEE WHICH ONES DESCRIBE YOU:

  • Are you tired of always having too much on your plate?
  • Do you feel that everything revolves around you, but it shouldn’t have to?
  • Do you experience having to get involved in too much?
  • Are you feeling like the bottleneck that slows things down or keeps things from getting finished?
  • Would you like to learn how to change that? If it were so easy, you would have solved it already.
  • You can start by working on delegating, but it takes work to delegate effectively. It is hardly ever a “throw-it-over-the-fence-and-it-will-get-done-perfectly” endeavor. Once you accept the work that will be involved, you can start to get out from under some of the tasks that you should not be doing.

LET’S START WITH A PROCESS TO APPROACH DELEGATION AND MAKE IT WORK:

  1. Properly prioritize your items to determine what could be delegated.
  2. Select a person or people to whom you could delegate a task.
  3. Determine what other information or assistance that person will need to be effective.
  4. Document the assistance you will need to offer, or identify another person to pair them with, to provide this help.
  5. Build in a cadence for follow-up, and adjust the assistance you provide along the way.
  6. Give positive and constructive feedback regularly.

Delegation isn’t always easy; it takes some work from you and those around you. Without your direct intervention during the delegation process, you will have a difficult time getting anything off your plate. You will never get out from under routine and mundane operational tasks that keep you from making the big impact you were destined to achieve.

I have trained professionals and teams on this concept, so I know it works. Make a commitment to make an investment today so you can operate at a higher level in your career or continue to be the “rainmaker” for your business.

Written by Tina Meilleur

Tina Meilleur, CPA and MBA, is an executive coach for professional women and women business owners, the founder of Design Your Success and the creator of Power Talk for Women. She is also a chapter chair for the Women Presidents Organization. Reach her at (504) 330-7405 or at tina@designyoursuccess.com.

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