Delegation versus abdication
To succeed in business, one of the most important skills you must learn is how to delegate. Delegation allows you to get tasks done without having to chew into too much into your own time and resources.
Many small-business owners struggle to let go of the reins when they take on their first employee. They want things done their way – they struggle to delegate, they micromanage and they end up spending just as long as it would have taken to do it themselves. Eventually, though, when they learn to let go and start to experience the benefits of delegating, it leaves them free to do higher leveraged activities in the business.
Effective delegation is not simply giving the task to someone else. There is much more to it. When you simply hand over a task to someone else and forget about it you are abdicating. As tempting as it may be sometimes, there are many risks and consequences when you abdicate.
Abdication is simply issuing a task to anyone and forgetting about it.
Signs that you are abdicating:
This is the ‘it’s not my job any more’ attitude.
The issue with abdication is that it causes distrust and a lack of respect. There is little communication, things are not productive, jobs can often get delayed and go over budget, clients get upset and often it means that you won’t get future work.
If you can avoid abdication, either by yourself or your managers, your business will be better off. Instead, try mastering the art of delegation.
Delegation is a more hands-on approach than abdication.
You assess the task at hand and issue it to the right person and provide support for them.
You know that you are delegating effectively when:
If you delegate this way it builds trust and respect, there is effective communication, productivity increases, jobs are completed within budget and on time and clients are kept happy and want to work with you again in the future.
When done right, delegation is a powerful skill. But like any skill, it does take time to learn and master. Here are some guidelines you can use to help you be more effective at delegating.
Using this simple process you will be able to effectively delegate and get the most out of your team.
Rueben Taylor, business mentor and educator businesswealtheducators.com.au