We’ve grown up with the notion that maintaining control will keep us safe. But sometimes, too much control can hold us back.
Entrepreneurs can be very protective of their ideas, visions and the execution of the plans that follow. However, we must learn to let go, train and delegate with confidence.
An entrepreneur’s role is to find areas for opportunity and growth, not to be a great multi-tasker, micro managing every aspect of their organisation.
Learning to trust and share the workload is a hard transition that only gets easier with time. Here are a few tips I’ve picked up over the years::
- Learn to recognise when you are overwhelmed: It’s okay to ask for another team member for help – that’s why you hired them.
- Clearly define the tasks you set; a miscommunication of the brief will lead to both parties feeling disappointed and frustrated. Depending on the task, I usually set aside 20 minutes to fully run through the task.
- Reward success.
- Check in too often: micro-managing defeats the purpose of delegation. Trust the person to deliver your well explained brief to their greatest ability.
- Expect success every time: especially at the beginning, expect failure. You will be getting used to how to each other communicates. If mistakes are made, a 20 minute debrief will ensure that both parties understand what went wrong, what lessons have been learnt and actions to take in future.
The takeaway: Give yourself enough time to make the transition from a lone worker to a team player by delegating before you have to.
Image: CC/BY/2.0 Sebastien Wiertz