Delegation is the key to getting your business to the next level. Those that excel at it thrive; those that don’t wither.
If you are doing the same stuff that you were doing a year ago, you are dying a slow death. If you’re not growing, you’re dieing, and that is true both personally and professionally. Things change, and you need to be changing with them.
How to Delegate
Honestly ask yourself these questions:
- Are you currently doing things in your business that you know you could hire others to do, and they would do them close to 80% of the level you could do them?
- If you were to delegate those task to others, would that free you up to do things in your business that would generate additional revenue?
If your answer is yes to those questions, you should look at delegation. Deciding to do it is tough because others most likely won’t do it as good as you. That’s why you’re the boss; however, if you don’t bring in others and have a delegation system, you won’t outgrow yourself.
Once you have been able to delegate your roles, you have essentially duplicated yourself, and the more times you duplicate yourself, the faster your business grows. The key to delegation is having a system behind it. If you just give people a list of things to do but give them no direction and no quality checks, you will fail.
Creating a System to Delegate Tasks
So, what does a system look like? Well, I can’t explain it all here, but if you really want to get great at this concept, there are many great resources on how to do so. The book How to be a Great Boss by Gino Wickman and Rene Boer is a great place to start. Here are some ideas in the meantime.
- Checklist – You probably either hate creating them or hate following them, but you and your people need them. Therefore, create a checklist that has the specific things you are delegating. Then, ensure that the checklist is broken up into time frames. Things that you are delegating daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly.
When I was stuck behind the desk at one of our first companies, it took me about two hours to get the facility ready for the day. A ton of crazy simple, yet very boring, tasks that anyone could do. The best thing I ever did was document each and every one of those items and film myself doing the tasks, explaining what and why I was doing it. The first manager I hired as a part-time person to come in every morning for two hours and get the facility ready. That gave me two more hours to focus on sales and marketing. I was paying him $15 an hour, and I was generating ten times that much due to the extra time I spent drumming up new business.
Delegation can be a great friend or an enemy, based on your ability to do it well and do it often.
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