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Would Your Business or Team Fall Apart If You Took a Month Off?

Accelerate your growth by getting out of the way

“If you want to do a few small things right, do them yourself. If you want to do great things and make a big impact, learn to delegate.”
– John C. Maxwell

I get it, you’re the brains and the talent behind your line of business. You developed your product or service offering. You’re the face of your consulting work and the deliverables have your mark on them and are better for it. The demand is all about you and what you specifically bring to the table for your customers and clients.

The Problem

You’re reluctant to give autonomy to others or to remove yourself from an engagement because you’re afraid of what would happen, or not happen, if you did.

Delegating

Many leaders under-delegate because it hurts. You know your business better than anyone. When your team struggles, it is hard to resist jumping in to do it for them. This defeats the purpose of delegating and can lead to you deciding it’s easier to not delegate at all.

“If somebody can do something 80 percent as good as you think you would have done it yourself, then you’ve got to let it go.” — Sara Blakely

In order for your team to improve, you need to stand back and watch them struggle. They will make mistakes and take longer than you would. It will drive you crazy, but letting them do so is the only path to strengthening and scaling your capacity.

Empowering

“Don’t tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.”
– General George S. Patton

Delegating does no one any good if you’re just going to define every detail about how the work should be done and then hawk over the execution. You’re not freed up and your people won’t grow.

Final Thoughts

“As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.”
– Bill Gates

You’re so integral to the success of your business or team that you cannot see a way to transition out of the trenches.

 

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