My friend Josh Patrick (http://askjoshpatrick.com/) wrote a great article for Book Yourself Solid about why we don’t delegate. I highly recommend you check it out (http://www.bookyourselfsolid.com/small-business-leadership-advice/stop-lying-to-yourself-heres-why-you-wont-delegate/).
In his article, he talks about why we don’t delegate, and really a lot of it has to deal with our comfort in our employees, and our confidence as business owners. There are reasons why we need to delegate, and we need to examine them.
How do we get to the next step?
Once we are comfortable with our employees and know that yes, we do need to delegate, it leads us to realize that a lack of delegating is holding our business back — it’s keeping us from having the businesses we want, the lives we want, the free time, the creativity, and the ability to do things outside of our business.
When we realize we need to delegate, how do we start, what do we do?
The first step is to figure out where your focus is. What are you great at, where do you want to spend your time and attention? What interests you? What do you do well? I encourage you to start by focusing your time more and more on those activities.
Next, start pulling away from activities that hold you back, and that suck your energy. Don’t spend as much time on those, start letting those sit for a little bit. Obviously, you don’t want to miss deadlines, but you want to start opening those things up.
Then you want to start building processes and procedures for those things, and start bringing in others to do them.
This will liberate you, will free your time, will focus your energy, and you will have more time for the things you are great at, letting the things that you aren’t great at be done by others. It is really about capturing power, and economic specialization as we’ve talked about in other blogs. http://www.mcbrideforbusiness.com/blog/shifting-gears-to-grow-your-business-to-a-higher-level/
By capturing this power, and focusing, you’re creating a greater business, and more and more value to your clients, which is the whole key. They are getting more of what you are great at, which should bring more money in the door, and you are delegating things that you aren’t great at, which you can probably pay somebody to do much cheaper than your lost time at that great value added.
How are you building your business? Are you delegating enough? How could you delegate more? Join us in the comments below, and let us know your thoughts.
Capture Power and economic specialization.
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