Delegation is a key management skill but, like every skill, working out how to delegate effectively (and then doing it!) takes some time and effort. So, how do you know that you are ready to delegate – and ready to put in some of the time and effort required? There are a number of clues and here’s one of them
Ready to Delegate Clue #1: You’re losing your enthusiasm
When did you last spend some time and energy on the type of work that fires your enthusiasm? You know, the ‘high value’ work that only you can do – the type of work you know would get you great results (and satisfaction) if only you had the time to do it?
When did you last spend some time on your personal development – learning and growing your skills and building on your experience?
When did you last have time to sit down and think what would give you more enthusiasm for your work?
Many managers I know just don’t have (or, more accurately I guess, don’t find) the time to do what enthuses them. They get bogged down in the vast number of tasks they need to perform each day. The problem is we all need enthusiasm to power our performance, to help us achieve great results and to fulfil our potential. We need enthusiasm to keep us motivated and satisfied in our work and we just can’t afford (and neither can our business or team) to let that enthusiasm wane
OK, but what has enthusiasm got to do with being ready to delegate?
Here’s a simple principle. If you want to focus more on the types of work that fires your enthusiasm (and gets you great results) you’ve just got to find yourself some time to do that. A very effective way to gain yourself that time is to delegate some of the work you currently undertake
Let’s take a moment to address a question I can hear many people asking
Is it really OK to delegate some of my work just so that I can focus on my enthusiasm?
One big misunderstanding about delegation, in my view, is that each task we delegate has to be developmental for our staff member. Of course it’s great if it is but honestly? Sometimes we delegate a task that isn’t wildly developmental simply because it’s the smart thing to do. Because our enthusiasm has such a positive effect on our performance, our teams performance and, ultimately, our business’ performance then to delegate some of our work so we can focus on work that builds our enthusiasm is a very smart thing to do indeed
So, if you’ve found yourself losing some of your enthusiasm, my question is – is it time to delegate?
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