Have You Mastered the Art of Delegation? – Business Times Column #123

by Marcus

Marcus Straub

Marcus Straub

A critical step in creating greater happiness and success in business is learning to delegate effectively so everyone involved is empowered to do more and be more.

As a business owner, you have two options: Have you merely created a job for yourself or are you truly leading your company? There’s a distinct difference. In the first situation, you’re doing daily tasks that easily could be handled by your fellow management and team members, tasks that consume precious time to be the visionary, innovator and leader of your business.

If this is your reality, what is it costing you, your team, your customers and your company? The cost is significantly higher than you might realize. You have less time to be the effective leader of your company and less time for your life. After all, personal freedom is likely one of the reasons you started a business in the first place. Your team doesn’t have a powerful example to follow, someone who will lead with clarity in the direction of greater happiness and success. Your customers aren’t receiving the very best you and your team have to offer. Your company isn’t running as efficiently and effectively as it could.

The bottom line: Your company won’t live up to its potential because you haven’t yet empowered yourself and your team to do more and be more.

All of this can be overcome through the process of delegation. Delegation is the art of realizing you can’t do it all. Moreover, you don’t have to do it all. And your way of doing something isn’t always the most effective approach. Once you realize and accept the fact there are members of your team who are capable and willing to effectively do more, you can begin to let go of tasks and projects.

The art of delegation frequently escapes business owners and managers. This, in turn, leads to the unpleasant feelings of stress and being overwhelmed and takes the fun out of owning and running a business. The lack of effective delegation also inhibits the growth and development of team members and, therefore, the business itself.

The biggest objection I hear from my business clients is, “They won’t do it the way I do.” That’s correct given they aren’t you. But this need not be an obstacle. In fact, once I help clients get over this mental block, they come to see the tremendous power that comes with effective delegation.

Another concern of business owners and managers is that those they delegate to won’t complete the task or project correctly. This can be overcome through the development of effective communication and listening across your entire team. When those delegating convey clearly and specifically what they need done, those taking on the task or project truly listen and that understanding is confirmed by both parties, errors are dramatically reduced.

As a business owner or a manager, start by stepping back from your daily tasks and looking at your situation openly and honestly. Next, spend some time writing out all the tasks you handle. You’ll gain a perspective of your self-created reality. This greater awareness will position you to begin taking action to create a better situation for yourself and your team members.

One powerful step would be to engage the assistance of a qualified coach or consultant. Doing so will shorten your learning curve and get you and your team on the path to effective high-level delegation, superior results and a greater return on investment sooner than trying to tackle this often challenging situation alone.

As you begin delegating, you’ll quickly see and feel the benefits. Less stress on you and your team members feels good and improves overall job satisfaction. Dramatically lower error rates improves ROI, team members develop competencies and skills and become more valuable in the smooth and efficient operation of your business.

As you become an effective delegator over time, the benefits will become increasingly obvious. You’ll free yourself to lead, your team will grow more confident and capable and your customers will embrace the excellence of your company.

Marcus Straub owns Life is Great! Inc. in Grand Junction. His personalized coaching and consulting services help individuals, business owners, executives and companies build teams, organizations and lives that are filled with happiness and success. He is the winner of the 2011 International Coach of the Year Award, and is also the author of “Is It Fun Being You?.” He is available for free consultations regarding coaching, speaking and trainings. Reach Straub by phone at 208-3150, by e-mail at marcus@lifeisgreatcoaching.com or on the website at www.lifeisgreatcoaching.com.

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This article was written for and published in collaboration with The Business Times newspaper.


Marcus Straub

Author Marcus Straub

Marcus Straub is Founder and CEO of Life Is Great!™ (LIG) Coaching and Consulting, Inc. based in Grand Junction, Colorado.

Serving individuals of all ages and companies of all sizes, in locations across the country and around the world, Marcus specializes in the development of customized programs tailored to meet the unique goals of each individual client. Purposefully created to guide those involved toward unprecedented personal, professional, and organizational growth, Marcus has become well-known for his straightforward approach and systematic techniques.