Any small business reaches a point at which the inability to delegate will cripple a manager. Yes, delegation is a critical skill. You must always ask yourself if you are doing something that someone else could do. Ultimately, as a manager, you should strive to spend your time on the things that ONLY you can do, like generating new business, developing new products, or strengthening client relationships. Delegation is the methodology for scaling a business.
Here are a few tips that a small business manager should keep in mind:
(1) Identify what you can delegate! If your team members can do something 80% as well as you or better, consider delegating the responsibility.
(2) Delegate according to your employees' interests. Whenever possible, consider the skills or interests that your team wants to develop, and try to pair tasks with these desires. Self-interest is the best path to alignment.
(3) Be willing to let go, even when you disagree. Truly successful delegation involves going along with the judgment of your employees. Challenge yourself to empower your team to make decisions on delegated tasks. A greater sense of ownership will yield better performance.
(4) Recognize the issues that you need to deal with yourself. Of course, at the end of the day, there are some tasks that simply cannot be delegated.
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